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Vaccination offer for teachers of secondary schools

According to information from the state of NRW, from Saturday, May 1, 2021, there will be the possibility for teachers of secondary schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The city of Bonn has informed the secondary schools in Bonn about this.

However, according to current vaccine allocation, no vaccine is yet available for this group of people - which comprises just under 3600 people. At the moment, such a vaccination offer is only possible via residual vaccine doses, which are still being used in other groups at the moment. Later this week, there may be more detailed information from the country. As soon as this is available or vaccine is foreseeably available, the city will inform the secondary schools again.

Changes to bookings for previously ill persons

As of Friday, April 30, 2021, people with previous illnesses in accordance with §3 Paragraph 1 No. 2 can no longer book vaccination appointments via the booking portal of the Federal City of Bonn, but via the portal of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians at  www.116117.de (opens in a new tab) or 0800 - 116 117 01. Booking is possible regardless of age, partner bookings are not possible. Vaccinations through primary care physicians' offices will also continue.

Appointment booking of two close contacts of the previously ill persons is still possible via the municipal booking portal. Individuals will receive the appropriate link from their primary care physician. According to the current decree of the NRW Ministry of Health, the two close contacts no longer have to live in Bonn.

Prioritized occupational groups

Quotas are still available for new staff in hospitals, clinics and inpatient care facilities. All other individuals who choose to be vaccinated now will likely have to wait for their respective age groups to be cleared.

97,944 initial vaccinations

In the meantime, 97,944 first vaccinations have been carried out in Bonn, 59,094 of them in the Vaccination Center at the WorldCCBonn. 27,859 people have already received their second vaccination, 11,269 of them at the Vaccination Center.

Schools

Distance education, already in practice since Monday, April 19, will continue. Classroom instruction is prohibited. Graduating classes and special schools with the focus on mental development and physical and motor development are exempt.  The final classes of the general education schools, the vocational colleges and the special schools as well as the corresponding semesters in the Realschule and Gymnasium courses of the Weiterbildungskolleg are considered final classes. This also applies to the qualification phase 1 of the gymnasiale Oberstufe, the vocational gymnasium and the educational programs of the Weiterbildungskollegs.  

For pupils of the primary level and grades 5 and 6 of the secondary schools as well as pupils of all grades and year levels with a need for special educational support, who at the same time have a particularly pronounced need for school care, the school can provide educational care at the request of the parents (emergency care). An application form is published on  www.bonn.de/schulen.

Exceptions to the restriction on attendance at face-to-face classes are further made for students in all grades who, in the judgment of the school administration, cannot successfully participate in distance learning at home or in the training company. Admission to emergency care is also possible when such on-site care is necessary for students for reasons of child welfare risk. 

In addition to compliance with hygiene rules, masking requirements, ensuring traceability, participation in face-to-face formats in school requires testing of students and teachers twice a week.

Childcare

As of now, only emergency childcare is offered in daycare centers and daycare for children. The requirements for hygiene, mandatory masks and traceability, the mandatory implementation of group separation and the necessary reduction of hours by 10 hours per week in daycare facilities for children continue to apply. 

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has broadly defined who is eligible for emergency care. In addition to children for whom attendance at a childcare facility is necessary for child protection reasons and children with disabilities, the regulation also covers, among others, children in the last year before starting school and children whose parents cannot ensure care in any other way. Nevertheless, the city continues to appeal to all parents to send their children to care only if it is absolutely necessary, in order to reduce contacts once again as much as possible. 

A self-declaration that emergency care is necessary must be submitted in the event that care is needed. The declaration is available at  www.bonn.de/kinderbetreuung.

Mask obligation

The City of Bonn published another general decree on the compulsory wearing of masks on Monday, April 26, 2021. It applies up to and including Friday, May 14, 2021, in the pedestrian zones of Bonn and Bad Godesberg, in the shopping streets in Beuel and Hardtberg, and in Poppelsdorf on Clemens-August-Strasse.

Mouth-to-nose covering (including scarves, shawls or other covering made of cloth) must be worn at the main train station, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz and Konrad-Adenauer-Platz from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and in all other areas between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. A corresponding card is available at  www.bonn.de/coronavirus (opens in a new tab)

Masks are also compulsory in the vicinity of the Bonn schools. All persons who are in the vicinity of 100 meters of a school facility (elementary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, further education facilities) in connection with school use are required to wear a mouth-to-nose mask between 7:30 am and 4 pm. This applies in particular to entrance areas. The surroundings of school facilities are considered to be all adjacent streets and public traffic areas that lie within a 100-meter radius of this facility. 

The City draws attention to the fact that, as a result of the "Federal Emergency Brake," passengers on buses and trains, as well as at bus stops and in subway stations, must wear an FFP2 or KN95 type mask; other medical masks, such as surgical masks, are prohibited.

In addition, the city's general order extends the automatic quarantine rule for people who learn they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

Music school: partial refunds possible

Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the Ludwig van Beethoven Music School of the Federal City of Bonn has continuously expanded its online offerings: Individual and small group lessons have been almost completely converted to distance learning, and the switch between face-to-face and online phases runs smoothly. 

Students, or their parents, who have not taken distance learning classes as of December 16, 2020, can still receive a refund of fees. The refund is limited to three monthly installments and will be offset against the current fee assessment.

Incidence value is 192.9

At 192.9 is the Corona incidence value related to 100,000 inhabitants on Monday, April 26, 2021. 636 Covid-19 new infections were reported to the health department of the city of Bonn in the past seven days.

This brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases among Bonn residents to 12,538 since February 28, 2020. 11,153 people are considered to have recovered in the interim, and 1,165 are acutely infected. 220 people have died in association with the coronavirus. The most recent death is an 82-year-old man with pre-existing conditions. 2,767 citizens are currently in quarantine.

Bonn hospitals currently have 102 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have contracted Covid-19. 62 patients are being cared for in normal wards, 40 people are in intensive care units, 33 of whom require ventilation.

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