Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

The mayor of Tokyo’s busy Shibuya buying and leisure district is asking Halloween celebrants to not go to, fearing that a lot of partygoers following the COVID-19 pandemic might trigger a catastrophe just like final yr’s deadly crowd surge…

ByMARI YAMAGUCHI Related Press

TOKYO — The mayor of Tokyo’s busy Shibuya buying and leisure district is asking Halloween celebrants to not go to, fearing that a lot of partygoers following the COVID-19 pandemic might trigger a catastrophe just like final yr’s deadly crowd surge in South Korea’s capital.

“This yr, we’re making it clear to the world that Shibuya shouldn’t be a venue for Halloween occasions,” Shibuya metropolis Mayor Ken Hasebe stated at a information convention Thursday. “Please, don’t come to the Shibuya station space for Halloween.”

Hasebe stated he understands that Halloween is a enjoyable celebration all over the world, however famous {that a} crowd crush just like the one which killed about 160 folks celebrating Halloween final yr in Seoul’s Itaewon district might occur in Shibuya.

“A deadly accident like Itaewon can occur right here any time,” he stated.

Shibuya’s famed intersection by its prepare station, nicknamed “scramble crossing” for the massive variety of pedestrians making an attempt to cross, has develop into a preferred vacation spot for residents and vacationers on Halloween, drawing massive crowds of younger folks in costumes yearly.

The quantity decreased in the course of the pandemic, however Shibuya’s streets had been packed once more on Halloween final yr, and metropolis authorities concern this yr’s turnout may very well be worse, Hasebe stated.

“We now have a powerful sense of disaster that we could not be capable of guarantee the security and safety of residents and guests,” he stated.

Shibuya is considerably beefing up the variety of safety guards and officers to remind folks a few metropolis ordinance banning alcohol consumption close to the station between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31.

Through the interval, visitors restrictions will even be in place within the night time and early morning hours, Shibuya metropolis stated.



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