Germany slashes late-night noise rules for Euro 2016
DPA/The Local · 13 May 2016, 16:22
Published: 13 May 2016 16:22 GMT+02:00
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Cities and towns can now allow public screenings to take place even if they would normally infringe late-night noise rules, state representatives in the Bundesrat decided.
It's normally strictly forbidden in Germany to cause excessive noise after 10pm.
But many of the matches in the tournament are planned to kick off at 9pm, which could have left German fans who stayed at home robbed of the electric atmosphere of the crowd.
Since the World Cup came to Germany in 2006, there have regularly been late-night noise exemptions to avoid exactly this problem.
That means that people living close to large squares or parks may have to get used to cheers of joy and howls of pain from the fans between June 10th and July 10th as the beautiful game has its ups and downs.
People hoping to organize a public viewing must still apply for permission from local authorities, leaving local civil enforcement officers to weigh up the balance between noise protection and public interest in the game.
Euro 2016 begins on June 10th with hosts France taking the field against Romania in the Stade de France in Paris.
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