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Distance learning in schools, daycare centers with restricted pandemic operation

Due to the further increasing incidence values, which are expected to reach or exceed the value of 200 in the near future, the city sees no other option than to tighten the existing measures, as it had already communicated on Friday, April 16. These regulations are laid down in a general decree that the city, in consultation with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, formally announced in the official gazette on Sunday, April 18, and which comes into force on Monday. "The extension of distance learning unquestionably means a further burden on parents, schools and especially children, which I very much regret. However, from our point of view, it is an important measure in the current situation not to further encourage the occurrence of infections," said Mayor Katja Dörner.

Emergency care upon request

Furthermore, students in the final years of general education schools, vocational colleges and special schools, as well as the corresponding semesters in the Realschule and Gymnasium programs of the Weiterbildungskollegs, can prepare for their exams in face-to-face classes. The same procedure is followed in the qualification phases of the gymnasiale Oberstufe, the vocational gymnasium and the educational programs of the Weiterbildungskollegs. For grades 1 to 6 and at special schools with the special emphases of mental development and physical and motor development, the school can provide so-called emergency care at the request of the parents.

Separation of groups in the Kitas

The restricted pandemic operation in the daycare centers means, among other things, separating the groups in permanently assigned rooms, maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for adults and reducing the weekly care time by ten hours.

However, the state government did not agree to the requested closure of the daycare centers. Mayor Katja Dörner regretted this decision. She repeated her urgent appeal to parents not to send their children to daycare centers if possible. Companies in Bonn should also allow their employees to work at home wherever feasible.

The leaders of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, CDU, SPD, FDP, Linke and Volt parliamentary groups in the Bonn City Council had also spoken out in favor of closing schools and daycare centers, and had written a letter to state Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann on Saturday. Among other things, they had cited as an argument that the Robert Koch Institute records an incidence of 152 in Bonn children under 4 years and 259 in the age group between 4 and 15 years.

Negative test result for appointments with city administration

The general order also stipulates that visitors to municipal service buildings must show a negative test result when attending their appointment from April 21. The city of Bonn had already announced on Friday that, as of Monday, stores will also have to revert to "Click & Collect". Food stores, drugstores, pharmacies and all stores that could also be entered without a negative test result so far remain exempt.

Incidence value is 196.3

The Bonn incidence value was 196.3 on Sunday, April 18, 2021. "The development is highly alarming. It shows me that we are right to adopt stricter regulations with foresight," said Katja Dörner. The statistics of the Bonn Health Office registered a total of 11842 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 958 people having an acute proven infection, 16 more than the previous day. 1994 Bonn residents are in quarantine.

"Day of Silence"

Those who died during the pandemic - 216 people in Bonn - will be remembered throughout Germany this Sunday, and Mayor Dörner had also called for a "Day of Silence". The representatives of the Christian churches have set up a memorial in the cloister of St. Remigius, where Mrs. Dörner will light a candle.

Translated with deepl.com (free version)

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