Celebrate NYE Safely! Tips and Reminders from the City of Cleveland

New Years Eve is almost here! With the holiday rapidly approaching, celebrations will be occurring all throughout the day and night. Make sure that you, your family and your friends celebrate smart and safely so that your new year begins on the right track! 

If you plan on attending  Cleveland Rocks New Years Eve on Public Square, the following is a list of items that will be prohibited on the square:

Cleveland Rocks NYE 2013 - Prohibited Items List Updated - 12 30 13

Safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland on New Year’s Eve. Our police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in your neighborhood. So celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve and ring in an enjoyable New Year.

About Maureen Harper

Chief of Communications

31 thoughts on “Celebrate NYE Safely! Tips and Reminders from the City of Cleveland

  1. Hi where do you get the glow gloves.

    BE CURIOUS ALWAYS! FOR KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT ACQUIRE YOU; YOU MUST ACQUIRE IT. ________________________________________

      • You realize that cell phones can record right. and lmao @ michael you ain’t kidding. a full security check point and a pat down? do you think terrorist are going to blow up public square?

      • Cell phones record so video seems to be allowed. Why would it not be permitted anyway?

        Sounds like a real Big Brother event. The word “overreach” comes to mind. That and paternalism.

  2. OK NOW I’M MAD I JUST READ THAT CAMERAS ARE PROHIBITED!!! WHAT KIND OF CRAP IS THAT??? I WANT TO HAVE A REMINDER OF MY NIGHT. THAT JUST RUINED THAT!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!???? YOU PEOPLE ARE REALLY GETTING RIDICULOUS. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!!

      • What are all the women attending suppose to do with out their purse on new years? Where are we suppose to hold our phones, digital camera, car keys, wallets, chap stick ext. Bundled up for hours outside, and can’t have a purse to hold necessary items we may need to fight the cold? What is restriction protecting?

      • you are saying that cameras are allowed but recording devices are not? you all need to be more specific with what you are and are not allowing. all these rules are a little ridiculous.

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  4. No firearms??? I thought Cleveland was up to date and understood that under O.R.C. 9.68 they could not impose further restriction on carrying firearms than what has already been set forth by the state. Ohio law says you can have a firearm there. What gives???

  5. Most of the items make sense but I just have to ask. Can somebody explain the ban on massagers and why somebody even thought of them? Also I noticed digital cameras are allowed. That should be clarified under the no audio or video recording device heading.

  6. Just a quick question…..we have 70 year olds attending and need a place to sit (folding chair) and to keep warm (blanket) in 20 degree weather? Will there be someplace to sit for us and possibly a fire to keep warm by since you are prohibiting us from taking care of these issues ourselves.

  7. Well at least we are allowed to show are papers at the Nazi checkpoint. Why would we not allow woman to protect themselves with pepper spray in there purse?

  8. Tonight’s event is a permitted special event sponsored by Ohio Homecoming. Together with their private security firm and the City, the security plan was developed and included the checkpoints and restrictions on personal effects, with the goal of making the event safe for everyone. I do not have the specific reasons behind any of the allowed/not allowed items but I will pass on the feedback regarding the restrictions and documents. Thanks, everyone and Happy New Year!

    • Who wrote this ridiculous list? The banning of recording devices in public space by City Hall is unconstitutional because photography, videography, and audio recording are protected First Amendment activities. Government can’t stop anyone from doing these activities in public.

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  10. Who wrote this ridiculous list? The banning of recording devices in public space by City Hall is unconstitutional because photography, videography, and audio recording are protected First Amendment activities. Government can’t stop anyone from doing these activities in public.

  11. If the public square and adjacent sidewalks and roadways are still open for public thru traffic it is very unlikely that you can restrict audio/visual equipment. Some cities restrict the use of tripods but only to the extent that poses a safety hazard. Unless you actually fence the area off and create a closed venue, there is not much you can do that would hold up in court. Even then, anyone standing outside or across the street from a venue fence can use use electronic equipment at will. Musicians and performers can not impose any private rights associated with their performance outside of an outdoor venue. What it comes down to is that if you can walk down the sidewalk, you can record at any time.

    I have asked the legal department of the National Press Photographers Association to look into this case and hope that no 1st amendment rights were broken.

    Keith Turrill – Iowapix, Inc

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