New Year’s Eve parties with countdowns are illegal this year

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This festive season a nationwide curfew will be in effect between 23.00 – 04.00 and 22.00 – 04.00 for hotspots such as Nelson Mandela Bay and the Garden Route, making New Year’s Eve parties with countdowns, and Christmas Eve services that stretch into Christmas day, illegal in South Africa this year.

Lawyers who spoke to Business Insider advised that the national curfew allow little to no leeway. If you attend a New Year’s Eve party that includes a midnight countdown, you will be breaking the law. The same goes for attending a midnight church service.

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Trying to get around regulations by hosting a house party or lock-in style party won’t fly either, lawyers say. The curfew does not only stop you from moving around but under current lockdown rules, everyone must be confined to “his or her place of residence” during the curfew.

Staying over at the residence of a friend or person hosting a party makes that a temporary residence and if multiple people try to make the same claim for the same house, guests would likely be facing trouble.

The same will go for private religious gatherings to mark the arrival of Christmas Day.

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