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NYE celebrations put on hold

Thursday 9 December 2021

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 that would attract tens of thousands of people. Our COVID Management Plan submitted to SA Health was not approved.

Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson said while it is disappointing, given last year’s New Year’s celebrations were also cancelled, the decision has been made with community safety in mind and after 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,” Mayor Wilson said.

However she encouraged people to continue to support local and book a table at 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,” she said.

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

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