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four questions around the eve of december 31

As the new year approaches, the French are wondering about the rules put in place by the executive concerning the New Year’s Eve on December 31. Overview of what is allowed or not for the night of New Year’s Eve, placed under close surveillance.

Can we wake up with relatives? For how much ? Until what time ? What is the risk in the event of an infringement? So many questions that the French are asking themselves a few hours before the transition to the New Year. Overview of what is allowed or not for New Year’s Eve, placed under close surveillance.

Can we receive guests at home?

It is possible to receive guests at home, but the government recommends respecting the rule of six adults present. “The respect of this figure is not registered 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.

Is it possible to go home at night?

It is forbidden to move during the curfew, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. We must therefore plan to arrive on time, sleep there … or have a sleepless night.

People traveling during curfew risk a fine of 135 euros. Only travel with a certificate for specific reasons is authorized: professional, family or health reasons 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, the Interior Ministry said.

Can we participate in an evening of more than six people?

“There is no sanction provided”, assures the ministry. On the other hand, there is a risk of being fined “if one organizes or participates in a private party in a closed establishment because of sanitary measures (restaurant, multipurpose room, etc.)”, details the ministry.

Ditto if “the evening is organized in a private home but clearly exceeds the private framework (for example, when a system of paying entries is set up)”.

“The sanctions amount to 135 euros for a first offense and can go up to 3,750 euros in the event of repetition of the facts”, details the ministry.

Instructions were given to the prefects to intervene “as soon as possible”, in the event of a “clandestine party”. In addition to the verbalization of the participants, “you will seek primarily 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 permission of people domiciled in the accommodation,” said the ministry.

With AFP