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City tours of the Bonn Information Centre will start again on 15 June 2020

Due to the corona crisis, the Bonn Information Office had to discontinue the offer of city tours through Bonn with the beginning of the pandemic. Already booked tickets were refunded or rebooked to a later date. The guidelines of the state government now allow guided tours in the open air again. The tour offer starts again from Monday, 15 June 2020.

Looking forward to the start of the city tours (from left): Peter Gratzfeld and Antonia Süsser (Bonn-Information), Dieter Zimny (Filou Werbe- & Kommunikationsberatung), Wilhelm Eurich and Alexander Scheller (Eurich & Scheller GmbH) and Heinz Hönig (tour guide).

Discovering the city centre in the footsteps of Ludwig van Beethoven or strolling along the stone witnesses of political history through the former government quarter - during the past three months this was only possible on your own initiative. Since the beginning of June, the decree of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia of 27 May 2020 has again permitted guided tours for groups with a tour guide.

"The protection of our guests as well as our tour guides was and is of course the top priority in all our considerations", emphasizes Peter Gratzfeld, Deputy Head of the Tourist Information. Together with Heinz Hönig, spokesman for the Bonn tour guides, he is pleased that guided tours are now generally possible again.

Initially, only tours that take place in the open air will be offered. The Bonn Information Office has also limited the maximum group size for public guided tours on fixed dates to 15 people in order to limit outside contacts. Tickets for public tours on fixed dates are available online at  www.bonnticket.de, by phone at 0228 - 775000, by e-mail to  bonninformationbonnde or in person at the Bonn Information Office in Windeckstraße am Münsterplatz.

For individual group tours with your own guide, the maximum number of persons is still 25, as these are closed groups who are travelling together anyway. Of course, small groups such as families also have the possibility to book their own tour guide via the Bonn Information Office. "This offer is very popular anyway, as the date, time, meeting point and also the main focus of the tour can then be arranged individually", explains Gratzfeld. Requests for an own tour guide are handled by the Bonn-Tours department by phone under 0228 - 775001 or 773921 or by e-mail to  bonntourenbonnde.

Another indispensable component of a safe tour is the appropriate equipment. Eurich & Scheller GmbH from Bornheim has provided the Bonn Information Department and the team of tour guides with 150 full-face visors to carry out the city tours.

After almost three months, the Bonn-Information is all the more pleased to be able to meet the guests' interest in guided tours, at least with a limited range of products. "For many colleagues, working as a city guide is their livelihood", Hönig also makes the situation of freelancers clear. The relief in the team of tour guides was of course all the greater when the decree of the state government was published.

The popular double-decker bus, with an open roof in good weather of course, also resumed its trips on Ascension Day. For the protection of the passengers, a limited number of participants will be on the route from Wednesday to Sunday. Further information and tickets can be found at  www.citytour.de.

Current figures

As of Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the public health department of the city of Bonn lists 11 people who are acutely ill with Covid-19. Since February 29, 2020, a total of 749 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. 730 have recovered in the meantime, eight people have died in connection with the coronavirus infection.

In the past 7 days, 12 new infections have been registered in Bonn; this corresponds to 3.64 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. With the emergency mechanism introduced by the federal and state governments against rising infection rates of 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, the limit for the city of Bonn with more than 330,000 inhabitants is 165 cases.

In the hospitals in Bonn there are 10 people from Bonn, the surrounding area and abroad who have fallen ill with Covid-19. 5 of them are cared for in normal wards, 5 are in intensive care units, 3 of them have to be ventilated.

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