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1000 guests in the open-air swimming pool Rüngsdorf on the day of the premiere

A successful start to the open-air swimming pool season: 1000 people came to the open-air swimming pool in Rüngsdorf on Ascension Day in wonderful weather.

The tickets for the premium open-air bathing day in the Corona pandemic were sold out within a few minutes. The Sports and Pool Authority drew an all-round positive conclusion for the course of the day.

"I am relieved and thrilled. All guests complied with the regulations and behaved in a disciplined manner. I would like to thank all the guests and the staff of the bathing establishment for this", said Birgit Schneider-Bönninger, the head of the sports and culture department. "We had all pools in operation, so that the stay under the exceptional conditions was made as pleasant as possible", adds Stefan Günther, Head of the Sports and Pool Department.

For Friday, 22 May 2020, 1,150 tickets have been booked and paid for online as of 12 noon. The city administration is currently working on a solution for further booking options, for example for people who cannot book online.

After the "Rüngsi", the Römerbad, the Hardtbergbad, the Melbbad and the Freibad Friesdorf will open from 30 May 2020. As pumping stations in the Ennertbad in Beuel currently need to be renovated, the Ennertbad will not be able to start operating until 1 July. The outdoor swimming pool season is expected to end on 30 August 2020, after which the indoor pools will open. If the weather is fine, the outdoor part of the Hardtbergbad could remain in operation longer.

In order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to visit the open-air pool despite the significantly reduced number of guests and to avoid waiting times in front of the pools, the following time blocks have been introduced: Early swimming: 6.30 to 9 a.m. (only Mondays to Fridays; not public holidays), first half of the day: 10 to 2 p.m. (Mondays to Sundays and public holidays), second half of the day: 3 to 7 p.m. (Mondays to Sundays and public holidays).

After the first day of operation, it has been shown that the fastest and most contactless way is to show a printed ticket. The Sports and Pool Office therefore requests that the printed ticket be shown both when entering and leaving the pool.

Bookings are now possible until the end of the month. However, booked tickets cannot be returned. All information and the link to the ticket booking system can be found on the city's website at

Checks on Father's Day

The city planning service for its patrols, which was reinforced on Father's Day, has a positive track record. Various areas of the city area, such as the Rhine floodplains, the banks of the Rhine and city parks, were checked with regard to possible Father's Day excursion groups. Despite well-frequented parks and facilities, only a few notifications regarding the current corona protection ordinance had to be taken up by employees.

A total of 45 notices had to be written in the Siegauen area, as various excursionists did not observe the bathing bans in force there during the Sieg. In the evening, employees took care of various disturbances of the peace, as many citizens took advantage of the good weather and summer temperatures in the evening hours for outdoor activities.

Daycare facilities for children

In Bonn - as in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia - from 8 June 2020 all kindergartens and day care centres will open their doors to all children who have a care contract. However, the opening hours will be reduced by 10 hours per week. Childcare will continue to be provided in accordance with the provisions of infection control. Under no circumstances may children be looked after who show symptoms of illness or whose parents or other persons from the household show symptoms of COVID-19. Type and severity of the disease symptoms are irrelevant. Further information is available from the kindergartens.

The sponsors of the Bonn kindergartens will do everything in their power to carry out this limited regular operation. However, it cannot be ruled out that despite all efforts, kindergartens may not have sufficient personnel to ensure safe operation. In such cases, there may be further reductions in opening hours.

"We will do everything in our power to implement the important step towards more normality while at the same time paying attention to the health of children, families and educators," says Udo Stein, head of the Youth Welfare Office.

Current figures

As of Friday, May 22, 2020, the Health Department of the City of Bonn lists 20 Bonn citizens (plus 1 compared to the previous day) who are acutely ill with Covid-19. Since February 29, a total of 703 persons have tested positive for the coronavirus (plus 4 compared to the previous day). 676 people have recovered in the meantime (plus three compared to the previous day), 7 have died as a result of coronavirus infection.

In the past seven days, 10 new infections have been registered in Bonn; this corresponds to 3.03 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. With the emergency mechanism introduced by the federal and state governments to counter rising infection rates of 50 new infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, the limit for the city of Bonn with more than 330,000 inhabitants and residents is 165 cases.

At the moment, 27 people from Bonn, the surrounding area and abroad who have fallen ill with Covid-19 (minus 1 compared to the previous day) are in Bonn's hospitals. 17 of them are cared for in normal wards, 10 are in intensive care units, 3 of them have to be ventilated.

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  • Giacomo Zucca/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Giacomo Zucca

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