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Mask obligation in the city center remains - firecracker prohibition on New Year

The obligation to wear masks in the city center of Bonn will remain in place even after the Christmas market has been dismantled on the evening of December 23, 2021. In addition, it is prohibited to carry or set off fireworks in certain places in Bonn on New Year's Eve. Both regulations are set out in a new general decree issued by the city, which will apply from Thursday, December 23, 2021.

The mask requirement in downtown Bonn, which the city introduced at the start of the Christmas market, will remain in place when it ends on the evening of December 23, 2021. The city assumes that, especially after the holidays, it will not be possible everywhere in the pedestrian zone to maintain the recommended minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Therefore, in order to protect oneself and others from the coronavirus, a medical mask or FFP2 mask must continue to be worn there. From a medical point of view, the obligation to wear a mask is a simple but highly effective protective measure to reduce the risk of infection. It should therefore be worn as a matter of principle where many people congregate in a confined space.

There is one change compared to the previously applicable regulation: Until Thursday, December 23, the mask obligation on the streets and squares where the Christmas market takes place applies on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and thus one hour longer than in the rest of the city center. From Christmas Eve, December 24, the obligation applies in the entire pedestrian zone on weekdays between 10 am and 8 pm. The signage will be adapted accordingly.

The mask requirement applies in the following areas:

Grounds Christmas Market (up to and including December 23, weekdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., from December 24, weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

  • Münsterplatz
  • Münsterstraße
  • Friedensplatz
  • Mülheimer Platz
  • Bottlerplatz
  • Remigiusplatz
  • Remigiusstraße
  • Vivatsgasse
  • Poststraße

Remaining downtown (weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

  • Acherstraße, Bonngasse, Brüdergasse, Dreieck,
  • Budapester Straße between Thomas-Mann-Straße and Sternstraße,
  • Friedrichstraße between house number 2 up to 64 and 1 up to 61,
  • Gangolfstraße, In der Sürst,
  • Kaiserplatz including the adjoining public ways, streets and squares,
  • Kasernenstraße between house number 1 up to 5 and 2 up tob 32,
  • Markt, including the adjoining public ways and streets (Marktbrücke and Bischofsplatz),
  • Martinsplatz in the area of house numbers 6 to 9,
  • Maximilianstraße in the area of house numbers 6 up to 46,
  • both sides including the adjoining public ways, streets and squares Mauspfad, Sternstraße, Sterntorbrücke, Stockenstraße,
  • Thomas-Mann-Str. in the area of house numbers 1 up to 57, and 2 up to 64,
  • Wenzelgasse, Wesselstraße. 

Firecracker ban for certain places and streets

In implementation of the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Bonn has also issued a ban on firecrackers for certain squares and streets in the general decree. It applies in the period from Friday, December 31, 2021, 5 p.m., to Saturday, January 1, 2022, 6 a.m., in the following areas:

  • Alter Zoll
  • Berliner Freiheit
  • Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz
  • Brassertufer
  • Erzbergerufer
  • Frankenbadplatz
  • Friedensplatz 
  • Hans-Steger-Ufer
  • Hofgartenwiese
  • Kennedybrücke
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Platz
  • Kaiserplatz
  • Markt
  • Münsterplatz
  • Stadtgarten
  • Central bus station and the associated traffic areas including Südunterführung, Maximilianstraße, Quantiusstraße
  • Theaterplatz Bad Godesberg
  • Tannenbusch in the area between Oppelner Straße, Agnetendorfer Straße, Waldenburger Ring, Kronstädter Straße and Pommernstraße

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