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New ordinance prohibits items on the Strip for New Years Eve

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The City of Las Vegas released a new rules that will ban certain items from the strip during the New Year’s Eve celebration.

The biggest change tourists as well as the brave locals who will be down here on the strip Saturday night will see is a lack of backpacks. Backpacks, coolers, bags and strollers will not be allowed on the Strip by authorities.

It’s part of a new ordinance that are now prohibited on the strip at major events. Las Vegas Metro Police say it will allow officers to keep a closer eye on party goers.

"I expect it to be shoulder to shoulder on New Year’s Eve on Las Vegas Boulevard," said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner Chairman.

This is what Fremont Street looked like on New Year’s Eve 2015.Expect the same massive turnout this weekend. Estimates of over 320,000 people packing the Las Vegas Boulevard are out, but this time there are some new rules.

"Large backpacks, purses and shopping bags are prohibited,” said Sisolak

Bulky items of any kind will not be allowed on the streets Saturday night. Citations will be given out for those who don't comply.

It's part of a new Clark County ordinance that will run from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and it's a new rule many tourists can get on board with.

"You know its New Years, it's not an everyday thing, there is going to be thousands and thousands of people and they're trying to make it safe for everybody," said visitor Felice Vinaruv.

"I think it's a smart idea, security is very important," said another visitor.

So important that the annual celebration has been elevated from a Tier 3 security level

to Tier 2.

"We have been elevated because of the magnitude and size of the celebration, we have more federal assistance which is helpful, there will be federal agents and there will be metropolitan police both in uniform and undercover," Sisolak said.

27,000 Metro officers will be patrolling Saturday night. All officers will be using a special secured communication system to send video, text and files to one another instantly and privately.

Cameras have already been placed at various spots on the strip along with barricades that will run from Russell Road to Sahara.

"You have to change with the times, things change, things happen worldwide and you have to adjust to keep everybody safe," said visitor Howard Schleider. "I think it's good for the safety of everybody, it's going to be crazy and it's going to be a lot of people, you have to have some rules."

Metro says if you have any questions about the new ordinance of what you can or cannot bring, a link on our website.

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