Safety measures on New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day

Police and rescue services will be out in force in Prague to ensure public safety

City Hall has announced safety preparations for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Police, rescue and fire departments will be on hand at the most heavily used areas.

Drivers must anticipate some roads being closed, and trams will face some disruptions.

People are encouraged to use the metro. The metro service will be extended to 2 am on the evening of Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, and trains will run at about 10-minute intervals.

The New Year's program at Old Town Square begins at 5 pm on Dec. 31 and ends at midnight. To ensure the safety of visitors, access roads will be closed for automobile traffic. This applies to Pařížská and Jáchymova streets from 8 pm to 3 am.

It will not possible to park on Wenceslas Square, where a large number of Prague visitors and tourists usually arrive during New Year's Eve to celebrate with fireworks.

The parking ban will apply from noon on Dec. 31 to 10 am on Jan. 1. It will also be temporarily forbidden to drive cars on Wilsonova Street from noon to 10 am, and on Jindřišská, Vodičkova, Štěpánská and Ve Smečkách streets from 4 pm to 8 am and Žitná from 4 pm to 10 am.

Due to the experience of the past years, when the celebrations are centered around midnight at Charles Bridge and its surroundings, Křižovnická and Smetanovo nábřeží in the section from Platnéřská to Karoliny Světlé will be closed from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am. In Malá Strana, Josefská and Mostecká streets will be closed from 9 am to 2 am.

Both squares will have ambulances and other emergency vehicles waiting. Wenceslas Square also have the Golem emergency vehicle, which is capable of handling multiple injured people at once.

Boats on both banks of the Vltava river will be operated by Czech and Municipal police in cooperation with the Czech Red Cross, and first aid areas will be ready in case of accidents on the water.

There will also be traffic restrictions on Jan. 1.

The official fireworks show in Prague will be at 6 pm on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. It will last 10 minutes and 52 seconds and have five segments synchronized to music on radio station Radio City at 93.7 FM.

The launch site will be the same as in recent years, Letná Park behind the Metronome. The fireworks should be best seen from Dvořákovo nábřeží and Pařížská Street as well as Čechův most, Mánesův most, Štefánikův most.

The following roads will be closed to traffic on Jan. 1 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm:
Dvořákovo nábřeží in the section from Štefánikův most to náměstí Jana Palacha;
Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše in the section from Klárov to Štefánikův most;
The bridges Čechův most, Mánesův most, Štefánikův most, most Legií;
Pařížská Street in the section from Bílkova Street to náměstí Curieových;
17. listopadu in the section from náměstí Jana Palacha to náměstí Curieových.

Trams on the bridges Mánesův most and Čechův most, and traffic from the National Theater to the náměstí Curieových will be interrupted from 5:30 pm. Trams on the other roads such as Štefánikův most and most Legií will be managed according to the situation in cooperation with the Czech Police. People are again urged to use the metro.

The Municipal Police will secure the space at the metronome at Letná, where the fireworks will be launched from the morning hours of Dec. 30 to the morning of Jan. 2.

There will be two ambulances directly at Letná and one at nábřeží Edvarda Beneše. Emergency and rescue boats will again be on the Vltava river.

Police ask the public for cooperation in following instructions, as they are intended to ensure general safety.

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