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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations: LCSD Urges Public to Keep Venues Clean and Safe

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In preparation for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has issued an appeal to the public, urging them to maintain cleanliness and refrain from certain activities that could pose risks or damage to the celebration venues. The department has highlighted concerns over the burning of wax and the release of sky lanterns during the festivities.

“To provide a better environment for members of the public to enjoy the festive occasion, we appeal to them not to burn or melt wax,” emphasized an LCSD spokesman. He further urged people to avoid sprinkling or pouring liquids onto hot wax and recommended the use of non-flammable containers to collect melted wax. This would facilitate easy disposal into designated litter bins once the containers have cooled down.

Moreover, the LCSD spokesman stressed the importance of not throwing objects, such as glow sticks, onto trees or other locations within the celebration venues. These actions have the potential to cause damage to the trees themselves and could compromise the cleanliness of the surroundings. Additionally, flying sky lanterns has been discouraged, as it poses risks of injuries or property damage.

To ensure compliance with these guidelines, the LCSD has announced the deployment of increased patrols across their venues, including parks, public beaches, and barbecue sites. From September 29 to September 30, staff will be actively enforcing measures against littering, wax burning, object throwing, and sky lantern release.

The LCSD has also encouraged the public to contribute to the effort in maintaining a safe and clean environment during the festival. Individuals who witness cases of wax burning, flying sky lanterns, or any other irregularities at LCSD venues are urged to report them by calling the department’s hotline at 2414 5555.

It is important to note that these guidelines are in accordance with the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, which prohibits the melting or burning of wax, damaging trees or plants, and flying various devices including sky lanterns. Similarly, the Bathing Beaches Regulation prohibits actions that could endanger others or damage and pollute the beach and its surroundings. Violators of these regulations could face a maximum fine of $2,000 and a prison term of up to 14 days.

While littering offenders will receive fixed penalty notices with fines of $1,500, those found burning wax, throwing objects onto trees, or flying sky lanterns may face prosecution.

As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, the LCSD aims to ensure that the celebration remains both enjoyable and sustainable. By adhering to these guidelines, the public can contribute to the preservation of the festival’s traditional spirit while safeguarding the environment and safety of all participants.