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Contact ban: City files first charges

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Bonn has risen to 166 cases (as at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 March).

Seven people are still being treated in hospitals, three of whom receive intensive care. In the diagnostic centre, 81 swabs were taken until 5 p.m. on Monday, and 13 samples were also taken on the move.

Since Sunday evening, the prohibition on contact for more than two people, as decreed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has been in effect. The town planning service consistently monitors compliance. So far (as of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 March 2020), charges have been filed against twelve people who, despite hints and warnings, continued to be in groups of more than two people in public (schoolyard, sports field, park). A fine of 200 euros will be imposed in each case. The first notices of fines have already been sent out by the administrative office. "At this point, zero tolerance is the only way forward," said Mayor Ashok Sridharan. "We want to send a signal right from the start that we will not tolerate such unsolidary behaviour and that it will very quickly lead to noticeable sanctions."

Another report is given to the operator of a shisha bar who opened it without permission. He must expect a fine of 4000 Euro.

Talks with DeHoGa Nordrhein

As far as the hotels are concerned, following numerous responses from Bonn hoteliers, Mayor Ashok Sridharan contacted Christoph Becker, Managing Director of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association North Rhine-Westphalia, on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, in order to jointly consider at short notice what course of action could be taken to close all hotels, taking into account the necessary exceptions. These include, for example, the accommodation of so-called key persons, i.e. members of professional groups whose activities serve to maintain public safety and order as well as medical and nursing care for the population and the maintenance of central functions of public life. This also applies to people who would otherwise be affected by homelessness.

City council can be contacted by mail and telephone

The city council would also like to remind you that all its service buildings are closed to the public. A visit to the council is only possible by prior appointment. Access controls are in place at the entrances to the buildings. The council therefore appeals to clarify any concerns by telephone or e-mail.

In order to be even more reachable to citizens, the city is expanding its hotline service. In order to relieve the burden on the telephone number 0228 - 77 66 77, which was set up centrally for the service centre, citizens can also contact the following numbers with their questions: 0228 - 77 66 57 for registration, passport and ID matters, 0228 - 77 66 58 for the registration office and 0228 - 77 66 59 for the driving licence authority or driving licence office.

An overview of the central telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of the various specialist departments of the city council is published on the city's website at  https://international.bonn.de/admin-services.

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