Law enforcement

Police boost presence for new year’s eve

Pandemic restrictions remain in place even on new year’s eve Luxembourg’s police have warned Library photo: Sebastien Goossens |SG9

Pandemic restrictions remain in place even on new year’s eve Luxembourg’s police have warned Library photo: Sebastien Goossens |SG9

Luxembourg police will enforce the 11pm curfew for restaurants and bars on new year’s eve, it said on Thursday, with boots on the ground to ensure that a scheduled protest sticks to a perimeter between the Glacis and the Place de l’Europe.

There will be no exception to the 11pm curfew for the hospitality sector on 31 December and police patrols will be carrying out spot checks and fining establishments that fail to adhere to the measure voted in force by Luxembourg’s parliament on 24 December.

Police will also be carrying out spot checks to ensure that the 2G+ CovidCheck regime is being implemented, requiring an additional rapid antigen test for people with a recovery or vaccination certificate who have not yet received a booster dose. Both patrons and business owners face fines for failing to provide the right certificates.

Gatherings of more than ten people aren’t allowed except under distancing and mask rules unless they are held under the CovidCheck regime and registered with health authorities. This rule also applies to parties at home with more than ten people.

Luxembourg police on Thursday said they would closely follow a protest scheduled for 31 December in the capital. Demonstrations are allowed to take place only between the Glacis and Place de l’Europe. However, officers have had to intervene in case of several breaches of this perimeter over the last weeks.

More than 20 people have been arrested in connection to protests in December. “All infractions noted by officers will be prosecuted,” the police said in an official statement.

There will be more officers on patrol across the country, the police force said, advising the public to check ahead of time whether the launching of fireworks is permitted in their commune or not.