New findings on non-compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic at New Year's Eve in Germany

Updated: Jan 31

The majority of respondents planned to significantly reduce the number of people for their New Year's Eve celebration. Most respondents planned to celebrate with a maximum of five people, and only a few intended to do so with more than the number allowed. In a further part of the study respondents were asked how they would react towards a friend’s invitation to a New Year’s Eve party. Results show that higher numbers of prospective attendees of this party deterred the respondents from participation. Yet some respondents would still attend a party with twelve or more participants. Our results reveal that refusing the party invitation can be explained not only by the fear of infection and the legal sanctions, but also the moral concerns.

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