The prefect of the Pyrénées-Orientales has taken a drastic measure to try to prevent the watered parties for New Years Eve: ban the sale of alcohol in his department from this Wednesday evening, the eve of New Year’s Eve marked by the Covid pandemic -19. “The sale of alcohol to take away is prohibited from December 30, 2020 at 8 pm to January 1, 2021 at 8 am”, explains the prefecture in a statement.
Are also prohibited, for the same dates “the retail sale of fuel, the possession and use of fuel cans”, as well as “the sale as well as the possession and use of firecrackers and fireworks on public roads “.
Too bad for the “latecomers” of the 31
Other departments have taken similar action on alcohol, but effective Thursday. In the Gard, sale and consumption on the public highway is prohibited from December 31, 6 a.m., to January 3, 6 a.m. In Ille-et-Vilaine, sales are prohibited from 4 p.m. In the Cher, the Loire and the Rhône, from 5 p.m. In the Côtes-d’Armor and Mayenne, from 6 p.m.
Decisions regretted by a Rennes wine merchant, cited by Europe 1 : “The 31st is a big, big day. From 4 pm, it is 30% of our figure, it is not nothing. There are always latecomers and it is often good purchases. They are in a hurry, so it will look for beautiful bottles. Lots of champagne. “
In a recent note to the attention of the prefects, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, asked them to take “whenever possible” “orders prohibiting the sale of fuels in transportable containers” or “ sale of alcohol to take away ”.