Between a renewed coronavirus epidemic and the fear of violence, New Year’s Eve promises to be particularly tense, again this year. As a result, many localities have taken the decision to impose severe restrictions.
In Paris, the police headquarters announced the return of the mask outdoors, with application from this Friday, December 31. It will also be compulsory in places open to the public. An identical decision was taken in all the departments of Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne. In Val-d’Oise and Seine-et-Marne, this obligation will be applied within the perimeters of the municipalities. In Essonne, it will be in place in built-up areas, and in the center of built-up areas in Yvelines.
The entire Ile-de-France region is therefore affected by this return of the mask, at a time when the Omicron variant explodes positive cases for Covid-19 and fears a flooding of health services.
Bars and restaurants (where dancing is prohibited) will also close at 2 a.m. in Paris, in Val-d’Oise, Yvelines, Val-de-Marne and Seine-et-Marne, but also in many other departments. Party-goers will not be able to stay longer in establishments in Landes, Puy-de-Dôme, Calvados, Alpes-Maritimes, or even in the twelve departments of New Aquitaine (non-exhaustive list). The limit will even be set at 1 hour in the Var and Finistère.
Urban violence, the other dreaded scourge
In addition, many localities have banned the consumption and sale of take-out alcohol from the early evening on Friday. A decision which is not explained only by the fear of the epidemic, but also by another objective: to curb the usual delinquency and excesses of the end-of-year holidays.
The police are in fact used to increasing the number of interventions on New Year’s Eve. Thus, in Strasbourg and in six neighboring municipalities, regularly plagued by urban violence on that date, a curfew for unaccompanied 16-year-olds was introduced. The sale and use of firecrackers and fireworks has also been banned in the Bas-Rhin. Police officers will also be responsible for protecting the firefighters and secure parking spaces will be made available to owners of the metropolis, to prevent vehicle fires.
In Compiègne (Oise), which “has suffered for several months from urban violence (…) the acuity of which has become even stronger”, according to the town hall’s own admission, the municipality has also decided to introduce a cover. fire unaccompanied minors under 16. From December 31 from 10 p.m. to 1is January 6 am, they will not be able to be outside in the city center and the Clos des Roses district. In the same department, in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, an identical measure was taken, going from December 31 to January 2, to avoid brawls between young people from neighborhoods of the city and fireworks against the police.