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Holdfast Bay’s New Year's Eve celebrations put on hold

Tuesday 22 September 2020
Fireworks at Glenelg

Traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks at Glenelg and Brighton won’t be going ahead this year – but local restaurants, bars and cafes will still be open for business.

Due to COVID-19 and SA Health requirements for major events, the City of Holdfast is unable to organise a celebration with live music and entertainment, as has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in previous years.

Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson said while it's disappointing, the decisions have been made with community safety in mind and after detailed and productive discussions with SA Health and SA Police.

“The large scale and open nature of the events, which traditionally attract more than 60,000 people, mean we can’t meet SA Health’s requirements around crowd density, social distancing and contact tracing,” she said.

But she encouraged people to get behind their favourite local restaurant, cafe or bar as they will still be open for business on New Year’s Eve.

“Although there are no fireworks this year, the wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs across Holdfast Bay will still be open and will be a very popular option for New Year’s Eve,” Mayor Wilson said.

“We encourage people to support local and make their New Year’s Eve plans early and make reservations to avoid disappointment.”