New Year Eve: meals, parties, trips.. what is allowed and what is prohibited

New Year Eve
What will and will not be allowed on New Years? Shutterstock / DR

New Year Eve:

New Year Eve: meals, parties, trips in fear of a possible third wave of Covid-19 contamination, the French health authorities have put health measures to supervise the New Year’s Eve. No less than 100,000 police and gendarmes will be deployed on French territory to enforce these measures. La Dépêche du Midi takes stock of what will and will not be authorized.

Health crisis requires, this New Year will be like no other. In fear of a new epidemiological rebound, the French authorities have tightened the screws: unlike Christmas Eve, the curfew introduced from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the country will remain in force. Travel will therefore be prohibited, except for very specific reasons.

To enforce these health measures, the French authorities will deploy no less than 100,000 municipal, national and gendarmes police officers on the evening of December 31. The dead order: fight as a priority against “unauthorized gatherings” and “urban violence”.

To read also: Tokyo Metropolitan New Corona Newly confirmed over 1,300 infections First over 1,000

The stated objective is to avoid large gatherings for New Year’s Eve and avoid the “Thanksgiving effect”, that is to say, an increase in the number of Covid-19 contaminations during family gatherings or friendly. Here’s what you need to know before the party gets started.

Is it possible to meet?

It is quite possible to meet this Thursday, December 31, and invite people to your home. As with Christmas, however, the government made recommendations. This will include limiting the event to six people (not counting the children). This limit is not written into the law: the French authorities here appeal “to common sense” to best contain the spread of Covid-19.

Is it possible to participate in an evening?

Imagining having a huge party at home is not only very unwise from a health point of view but also legally risky. As the Ministry of the Interior explains to La Voix du Nord, you can be fined if you organize or participate in an evening “organized in a private home but which clearly exceeds the private framework (for example, when a system of ‘paid entries is set up) “. The penalties amount to 135 euros for a first offense and can go up to 3,750 euros in the event of a repetition of the facts.

On the subject of “clandestine parties“, the instruction of the Minister of the Interior to the police is to intervene “as soon as possible”, “as soon as a gathering of this type is reported”. In addition to the verbalization of the participants, “you will seek primarily to identify the organizers”, writes the minister.

And obviously, anyone who participates in a private party in a public establishment, closed due to health measures (such as bars or restaurants), can be fined and sanctioned in the same proportions.

Will it be possible to go home at night?

The answer is no. Among other things, the French will have to organize themselves and sleep on the site of the festive event. “I cannot forbid people to sleep at someone’s house”, had recognized the head of government Jean Castex at the beginning of December.

To read also: Doctor warns of serious consequences of mild coronavirus

All travel will be prohibited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for a valid derogatory reason, namely for professional reasons, health reasons, for an overriding family reason, for a mission of general interest, or to walk his pet. company. Thus, anyone who does not respect the curfew is liable to be subject to a fine of 135 euros.

Are the police authorized to intervene in my home?

As in normal times, the police may be called upon to intervene in anyone’s home, for neighborhood disturbances, in particular noise, at any time of the day or night, whether or not indicated by the neighborhood. . The event organizer can be fined and fined 68 euros.

However, it is impossible for the police to verbalize anyone for “non-compliance with social distancing“. The police may however be required to come to the home of an individual and ask him to enter. They can only do so “with the permission of people domiciled in the accommodation,” says Interior Ministry