Know before you go: Las Vegas New Year's Eve celebrations
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — New Year’s Eve is only days away and Las Vegas has one of the biggest celebrations in the country lined up.
It is also one of the busiest nights for law enforcement with about 1,200 officers on The Strip and another 200 downtown.
Regarding COVID-19, the same rules are in effect: masks inside, optional outside.
Freeway ramps near the resort corridor will start closing at 6 p.m., with full closures in effect by 8 p.m. running from Mandalay Bay through Spring Mountain Road.
Those heading down to see the fireworks will want to bundle up and wear comfortable shoes as the closed roads will mean additional walking.
“There will be no glass bottles allowed on The Strip from 6 a.m. December 31 until 6 a.m. January 1," said Undersheriff Christopher Darcy, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. "No large bags such as luggage, diaper bags, or computer bags allowed on the Strip. And there will be no items allowed that are larger than 12x12x6, as per the ordinances.”
For those under 18, there is a curfew in place that night, so you must be with a parent while on Las Vegas Boulevard or downtown.
If you are celebrating downtown, they will start shutting down roads at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
That includes Fourth Street and Casino Center Boulevard between Carson and Ogden avenues. They will re-open at 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
MGM Resorts International and Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas have said no additional COVID-19 safety protocols are planned for New Year's Eve.
“We have to get back, the best we can, to having normal lives," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "I’m very comfortable that what we have been suggesting downtown is that people are very respectful of each other and making sure that they respect the rights of others to be healthy.”