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Corona: First relaxations from Monday, March 8

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has extended its corona protection ordinance until March 28, 2021 and adapted it to the decisions of the consultations between the federal and state governments. As of Monday, March 8, 2021, initial relaxations are thus possible in various areas.

According to the state, the opening steps decided by the federal and state governments are based on the statewide incidence. The state has also announced its intention to examine the extent to which additional openings can be made for districts and independent cities with a sustained lower incidence of infection, taking into account the situation in the surrounding regions.

As of Monday, March 8, 2020, meetings in public spaces are again possible with a maximum of five people in total from two households. Children up to and including the age of 14 are not counted. Couples are considered as one household.

Likewise, bookstores, stationery stores, florists and garden centers may reopen. All other retail stores not currently open may reopen with appointments and limited customers. Furthermore, in addition to hairdressers and chiropodists, all other body-related service businesses, as well as driving, boating and flying schools, may reopen, subject to compliance with certain hygiene requirements.

More exceptions for outdoor sports

Recreational and amateur sports on and in all public and private sports facilities, gyms and swimming pools remain inadmissible in principle. However, outdoor sports are now permitted with a maximum of five people from two different households. Groups of no more than 20 children up to and including 14 years of age with up to two training or supervising adults may also engage in outdoor sports together. A minimum distance of 5 meters must be permanently maintained between different persons or groups of persons.

Events, festivities and flea markets remain inadmissible.

Museums may reopen under conditions

Openings are also possible at museums and other cultural institutions, as well as zoos and botanical gardens, under certain conditions, such as prior appointment booking and limited visitor numbers. The Bonn City Museum on Franziskanerstraße is expected to reopen on Thursday, March 18. Already from Wednesday, March 10, the exhibition "Golden Age" can be seen in the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Haus. It has not yet been determined when the Kunstmuseum Bonn will open.

Changes for city library, city archive, VHS and music school

Based on the new Corona Protection Ordinance, the facilities of the City Library may reopen from Tuesday, March 9, exclusively for the lending and return of media. The Central Library will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Music Library, the Bad Godesberg and Beuel District Libraries, and the Tannenbusch District Library will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It has not yet been clarified when the Auerberg and Dottendorf district libraries will reopen beyond the current pick-up and return service. The Endenich district library will remain closed for the time being. The Brüser Berg district library will be closed for renovation work until probably mid-July 2021.

Media that have already been ordered and whose collection date is still pending can also be collected from the libraries during the above-mentioned opening hours. The previously required appointment for pickup is no longer necessary. The time spent in the libraries is limited to 30 minutes. All other on-site services of the public library remain suspended.

The city archive may also reopen. When and how this will be the case is still being determined. 

The Volkshochschule Bonn remains closed for face-to-face events, but offers numerous events online. From the new regulation, exams of integration courses are now allowed under certain conditions. Implementation is currently being prepared. 

The Ludwig van Beethoven Music School of the Federal City of Bonn has begun planning the resumption of face-to-face classes. Distance lessons will initially continue until Sunday, March 14. It is expected that from Monday, March 15, individual lessons in instrumental and vocal subjects will once again be able to take place on the premises of the music school. Whether group lessons, especially ensemble work and lessons in the elementary subjects, can be offered as face-to-face lessons is still being examined. 


City extends regulations on mandatory masks in shopping streets

In a new general order that goes into effect Monday, March 8, the city is extending the regulations requiring people to wear masks in shopping areas until Sunday, March 28. The regulations on automatic quarantine for people who learn they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive are also being extended.

Current figures

As of Friday, March 5, 2021, the corona incidence value relative to 100,000 inhabitants is 51.0. In the past seven days, 168 new infections have been registered in Bonn. Since February 28, 2020, a total of 9,553 people have tested positive for corona virus. 191 people have died in connection with Covid-19. Meanwhile, 9,099 people have recovered and 263 are currently infected. 803 people are currently in quarantine.

There is a Corona outbreak of both the conventional and the British variant of the virus in a Bonn hospital; a total of nine patients and staff in various wards are currently affected. All patients and staff in these areas have undergone COVID testing. 

Bonn hospitals currently have 62 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have contracted Covid-19. 36 patients are cared for in normal wards, 26 people are in intensive care units, 19 of whom require ventilation.

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