Substantial fines if parties celebrated despite ban

March 23rd, 2020 | by

In the City and StädteRegion of Aachen, police forces and regulatory authorities continued to dissolve crowds of people in parks and on football fields and playgrounds even at the weekend. Some parties also had to be disbanded, and charges had to be laid in cases of non-compliance. The NRW state government’s legal regulations stipulate that “the authorities are required to implement legal regulations by enforcing the provisions vigorously, consistently and, where necessary, with coercive means”. Local authorities are supported in this respect by the police. In a statement, the city confirmed that violations will be prosecuted as administrative offenses with fines of up to EUR 25,000 and as crimes with prison sentences of up to five years. The authorities are required to set fines of at least EUR 200.

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