Outdoor partying on New Year’s Eve in France was disallowed by French officials under new government rules to prevent the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 type. As many people in France are on their winter vacations, French Prime Minister Jean Castex asked them for their cooperation to avoid large gatherings. “I understand the frustration to limit yourselves in such festive moments, but we owe that to our health-care personnel,” Castex said. As France closed down nightclubs (excluding bars), many public parties and fireworks were banned on New Year’s Eve. Also, both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests were required to take a COVID-19 self-test before they could attend year-end celebrations. Moreover, starting this year, only vaccinated individuals are allowed to get a “health pass” to several business places like bars, restaurants, and medical facilities. Currently, France has recorded several hundred Omicron cases, making it the strongest type of coronavirus by mid-January. However, Castex noted that it does not show to be more dangerous than the Delta type, and available COVID-19 vaccines are effective based on data.