A New Year like no other. The New Year’s Eve of December 31, 2020 is placed under close surveillance, the covid epidemic requires. Here’s what you are legally allowed to do.
Guests at home?
It is possible to receive guests at home, but the government recommends respecting the rule of six adults present. “Compliance with this figure is not enshrined in the law“, specifies the Ministry of the Interior.”This is a call for caution and civility“.
Limiting the number of people during friendly or family gatherings has been recommended for several months by the authorities to reduce contact and curb the spread of the virus.
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Is it possible to go home?
Yes, but on condition that you do not travel during the curfew, which will be in effect between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. It is therefore necessary to plan to arrive on time, to sleep there … or to have a sleepless night.
People traveling during curfew risk a fine of 135 euros. Only authorized travel with certificate for specific reasons: professional reason, family or health imperative for example.
On the evening of the 31st, 100,000 police and gendarmes will be “exceptionally mobilized“, in particular to ensure compliance with the curfew, said the Ministry of the Interior.
An evening of more than six people?
“There is no sanction foreseen“Says the ministry. On the other hand, there is a risk of being fined”if you organize or participate in a private party in a closed establishment due to sanitary measures (restaurant, multipurpose room, etc.)“, details the ministry
The prefects have also received the instruction to intervene “as soon as possible“, in case of “underground party“. Besides the verbalization of the participants,”you will primarily seek to identify the organizers“, wrote the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin in a note addressed to the prefects at the beginning of the week.
Can the police intervene in my home?
The police can intervene in a private home for noise at night, like every other day of the year. The fine is then 68 euros.
“The police can come to the door of the home and ask to enter. On the other hand, they can only enter with the authorization of the people domiciled in the accommodation.“, specifies the ministry.
But whatever the case, new year or not, the respect of barrier gestures remains of course required in all circumstances. Because as the scientific council recalled in an opinion published on December 29, a “uncontrolled resumption of the epidemic “ of covid because of the brewing of the holiday season is unfortunately “likely“.