Wenzhou Issues Noise Control Guidelines on Dancing in Public Squares

February 20, 2014
Editor: Leo Yin

 

Wenzhou Issues Noise Control Guidelines on Dancing in Public Squares
A district government of Wenzhou, a city in east China's Zhejiang Province, issued guidelines setting down strict time limits for dancing in public squares to resolve growing complaints from nearby noise-sensitive residents. [sctv]

A district government of Wenzhou, a city in east China's Zhejiang Province, has issued guidelines setting down strict time limits for dancing in public squares to resolve growing complaints from nearby noise-sensitive residents.

The guidelines issued by the Lucheng District government stipulate that any forms of cultural activities emitting music are prohibited in residential areas from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. and the music must not exceed 60 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night.

The 'square dancers' have adjusted their dancing times and kept the music to acceptable levels in line with the new rules.

In order to resolve the increasing complaints of the residents who were disturbed by annoying loud music, the Lucheng District government has set up a working group to collect the public's opinions and made the 'Guidelines on Cultural Activities in Public Square,' which set restrictions on cultural activities in terms of time of day, length of time, sound levels and locations.

Officials from the Lucheng government said that the participants supported and would like to follow these guidelines.

The working team also opened an around-the-clock complaints hotline to supervise the implementation of the guidelines and will impose punishments on violators according to relevant laws and regulations.

A spate of conflicts between groups dancing in public squares and neighborhood residents has been reported by many Chinese media outlets due to the blaring loud music annoying them or even 'driving some mad'.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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