The prefects and elected officials were invited by Gérald Darmanin to cancel their traditional New Year’s greetings ceremonies “for the sake of consistency and exemplarity”, while the government asked the French to limit gatherings facing the Covid – 19.
“For the sake of consistency and exemplarity and in order to protect ourselves collectively against the appearance of clusters which would have the effect of accelerating the spread of the virus, we ask you not to organize the traditional ceremonies of wishes “, writes the Minister of the Interior in a telegram dated Tuesday and co-signed by the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Jacqueline Gourault.
No wishes” in person “
Prefects are also asked to” relay this message “to elected officials to invite them to cancel the organization of vows” in person, regardless of the format chosen ” .
On the eve of waking up illon de Noël , the government calls for the responsibility of the French as the country faces the threat of the surge Omicron , the latest variant of the Covid epidemic – 19.
No concerts and fireworks either
The Prime Minister Jean Castex had already asked the town halls last Friday to give up the festivities of New year , especially at concerts and fireworks , and announced that the alcohol consumption would be prohibited on public roads.
The fifth wave, which even preceded the arrival of Omicron , continues to swell, with 21. 272 new cases of Covid – 16 confirmed on Wednesday and 16. 118 people currently hospitalized, including 3. 147 in critical care services, according to Public Health France. The toll since the start of the epidemic now exceeds 118. . dead in France.