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New Year's Eve celebrations in Paris will be nothing like they used to be, due to Covid-19

New curbs in Paris in the wake of New Year's Eve

New curbs in Paris in the wake of New Year's Eve

They imply the cancellation of celebrations on Champs-Elysées

On 29 December the Police headquarters has announced new curbs aimed to limit the worrisome spread of COVID-19 in Paris. According to the order, they are valid from 18:00 on 31 December 2021 until 6:00 in the morning of 3 January 2022. The new rules concern leisure and public gatherings, thereby considerably restricting if not making impossible the traditional public celebration of New Year’s Eve.

What anti-Covid measures are in place in Paris from 31 December?

The order of the prefecture prescribes that:

  • The closing time of all drinking establishments on Saturday, 1 January and Sunday, 2 January 2022, including those with a derogatory authorization to open, is set at 2:00 a.m;
  • Dance activities in all establishments open to the public are prohibited;
  • Gatherings of people giving rise to the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads are prohibited. Failure to comply with this provision will be fined up to 135 euros;
  • In some areas traditionally very busy during the transition to the New Year, the consumption of alcohol as well as the take-away sale of such drinks will be prohibited (from 18:00 on 31 December 2021 until the next day, Saturday 1 January 6:00 am). The order is available online on this link and specifies the exact areas.
  • Finally, another order makes masks mandatory on public roads and establishments open to the public, starting from 31 December (with the exception of Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes parks, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Bourget and Paris-Orly airports).

In line with the new measures, the City of Paris announced the cancellation of New Year festivities on Champs-Elysées. There will be no pyrotechnics show either.

To ensure the safety of Parisians, the Prefecture will mobilise 9 000 police officers and military men.

On top of this, from Monday 3 January, there will be new limits on gatherings: 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. In bars and restaurants, standing consumption will be prohibited. Teleworking is deployed at a rate of 3 days a week minimum. The start of the school year, however, is previewed to go as planned.

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