A strong police presence is expected for this year’s Assou Square.
Organizers of the event have told the Times that the police presence is intended to stop any criminal activity, including gang violence during the event.
The organizers met with vendors Thursday to inform them about what is required of them at the New Year activity.
The meeting was held at the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC).
In addition to security issues, the meeting also addressed other concerns including matters of environmental health.
Louise Anthony of the Department of Environmental Health addressed the vendors on matters related to food safety.
“In order to vend food on the Island or at any mass event a person would require a temporary permit, whether it is to vend food, snacks or drinks,” Anthony explained.
She told the Times that in order to obtain the permit, a valid health care has to be presented.
Anthony said in the past there have been cases where food vendors did not have permits.
She disclosed that most of the times vendors do not have sufficient facilities to ensure that food is kept at the right temperature.
Anthony explained that the Environmental Health Department is working closely with the CCC to ensure compliance.
CCC Press and Communications Manager, Jason Hullingseed, told the Times that certain areas have been designated for vending at Assou Square.
He disclosed that the meeting was intended to help vendors understand what is required of them during the New Year street fair.
Hullingseed said in the past, there have been problems with food vendors not possessing health cards and liquor licenses, as well as persons setting up shop in areas not designated for that purpose.
“All that will not be allowed this year because we want the event to be more structured with the vending and the placement of tents,” Hullingseed told the Times.
Assou Square will be held from January 1-2, 2017 at Derek Walcott Square.