Covid: bars and restaurants must close at 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day in Paris

Published by Manon C. · Photos by My B. · Published on 31 December 2021 at 17h28
This Wednesday December 29, Paris Police Prefecture announced all bars and restaurants in the city must close at 2 a.m. – at the latest – on Saint Sylvester night.

Faced with the spread of Omicron in the French capital city and Paris’s incidence rate skyrocketing, Paris Police Prefecture has announced on Wednesday December 29, 2021, they are making new restrictions. Among them, facemask-wearing is compulsory outdoor again in all streets in Paris from Friday December 31, 2021. The measure applies to people over the age of 11, “excluding people driving their cars, bicyclers, and two-wheeler drivers", or "people working out”, or be subject to be fined €135.

But this is not the only announcement made by the police prefecture. As a matter of fact, as well as announcing compulsory facemask-wearing, the prefecture also announced the closure of bars, pubs, and restaurants at 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, as well as on January 2, “including those holding a special opening certificate” normally allowed to open until 5 a.m. Furthermore, “any dancing activity in all places open to the public” is banned.

As for gatherings including alcohol-drinking likely to occur on December 31 in the streets, the latter are banned in Paris. “Alcoholic drink group-drinking, for their festive and social character, can originate gatherings of people, and lead to a lack of health guidelines”, the Paris Police Prefecture justifies. The ban applies from Friday 6 p.m. to the following day, January 1, 2022, at 6 a.m.

The latter also specifies about 9,000 police officers and members of the army will be united to make sure the new measures are applied all along the New Year’s Eve. Contraveners are likely to be fined €135.

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