Nuit Blanche 2020: Paris all-nighter to go ahead as planned under Covid-19

Nuit Blanche 2020: Paris all-nighter to go ahead as planned under Covid-19
An art installation displayed along the river Seine in downtown Paris during the Nuit Blanche in 2017. Photo: AFP
Once a year, Paris stays up all night to devour the city's cultural scene. This year will be a bit different with new Covid-19 health rules in place, but the event is going ahead despite the early closure of the city's bars.

Nuit Blanche (sleepless night) will go ahead as planned on Saturday, October 3rd, even as the capital's bars must close their doors at 10pm sharp in a bid to stem the rising Covid-19 rates.

The annual cultural event will be different this year, with the City of Paris announcing strict health rules  to lower the risk of Covid-19 transmissions.

“Everyone will be masked.. it will be mostly outside,” said Anne Souyris, deputy mayor in charge of health at the City of Paris.

During a normal year, Nuit Blanche can draw roughly 1 million participants. With new rules limiting all gatherings in the capital to 1,000 participants maximum, Souyries said there would also be restrictions in place to limit the number of participants. 

“(Nuit blanche) was designed for around 5,000 people.. we will try and lower it towards 1,000,” she told BFMTV last week.

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A crown in front of the Invalides in Paris during Nuit Blanche in 2018. There will be less people than usual during this year's event. Photo: AFP

Reservations ahead

This year's Nuit Blanche will be concentrated around two main tracks, one on each side of the Seine river banks. 

There will be stands in public gardens and courtyards and museums such as the Palais de Tokyo and Museum of Modern Art will stay open for visitors all night.


To respect the new health rules, some of the museums and other places recommend that those intending to visit reserve their spots in advance.

The Grande Mosquée de Paris and the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs will also keep their doors open to visitors all night.

There will also be events and installations in all of Paris' suburbs.

No free all-night transport

Whereas normal years sees public transport company RATP run their services all night and free of charge, this year, due to Covid-19, the company will run on a normal schedule on October 3rd and close the metro at 2am.

For more details on the event, go to the official website here.


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