Some streets to close for the New Year holiday

Authorities urge people to use the metro Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 instead of cars

Prague will close several roads on New Year's Eve, and there will be increased security. The celebrations will be monitored by police, firefighters, paramedics and armed guards. Patrol boats from multiple security forces will be on the Vltava River, according to city spokesman Vít Hofman.

Prague Fire Department spokeswoman Pavlína Adamcová warned that fireworks should be kept out of the hands of children and also not be handled by people who have consumed alcohol or drugs.

Both Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square will have fire trucks and ambulances stationed nearby, and Wenceslas Square will have a large safety service vehicle called the Golem. People traditionally flock to both squares and set off fireworks at midnight on Dec. 31.

People planning to drive to the city center should be aware that several streets will be closed for safety reasons. Parking will be restricted around Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.

Old Town Square will have an entertainment program from 5 pm to midnight Dec. 31, and Pařížská Street and Jáchymova Street will be closed to cars from 8 pm to 3 am.

At Wenceslas Square, there will be no parking from noon Dec. 31 to 10 am on Jan. 1. Cars will be temporarily banned from Wilsonova Street from noon Dec. 31 to 10 am on Jan. 1, and on Jindřišská, Vodičkova, Štěpánská and Ve Smečkách streets from 4 pm on Dec. 31 to 8 am on Jan. 1.

Streets near Charles Bridge will also be closed to traffic. On the Old Town side, Křižovnická and the connecting Smetanovo nábřeží will be closed from the intersection with Platnéřská Street to the intersection with Karoliny Světlé Street from 11:30 pm on Dec. 31 to 1:30 am on Jan. 1. On the Malá Strana side, Josefská and Mostecka streets will be closed to traffic from 9 pm to 2 am.

To make it easier to get to and from the city center, the metro system will have extended hours, operating to approximately 2:30 am on Jan. 1, with trains every 10 minutes.

There will also be significant street closures on Jan. 1 for the 6 pm fireworks show, which again will be launched from Letná and be visible from much of the city center.

Firefighters, police and rescue workers will secure the area near the metronome at Letná from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 due to the preparations and cleanup of the city-sponsored fireworks display scheduled for Jan. 1 at 6 pm. The show will last 10 minutes and 47 seconds.

Two ambulances with paramedics will be at Letná and another at nábř. Edvarda Beneše. The Vltava will be patrolled by the Czech Police, the Metropolitan Police and the water rescue service of the Czech Red Cross.

The following streets will be closed to traffic from 4 pm to 6:30 pm Jan. 1.: Dvořákovo nábř. from Štefánikův most to nám. Jana Palacha; nábř. Edvarda Beneše from Klárov to Štefánikův most; Čechův most, Mánesův most, Štefánikův most, most Legií; Pařížská Street from ul. Bílkova to nám. Curieových; 17. listopadu Street from nám. Jana Palacha to nám. Curieových.

Trams after 5:30 pm will be diverted from the bridges Mánesův most and Čechův most and from the National Theater to nám. Curieových. The police will deal with the bridges Štefánikův most and most Legií according to the situation. People going to the city center are again urged to use the metro.

The city asks residents and visitors to respect the commands of the police and other security personal over the New Year's holiday to help ensure everyone's safety.

Cleanup of the debris from New Year's Eve will begin at 3 am Jan. 1 at the main areas of celebration and last until noon and even later on side streets, using some 120 sanitation personnel.

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