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Despite coronavirus: Open-air swimming pools in Bonn to open at the end of May

Following the announcement by the state of NRW that open-air swimming pools will be allowed to reopen under strict conditions from 20 May, the open-air swimming pool season in Bonn is to start at the end of May. On May 21, the panorama pool in Ruengsdorf will be the first to open, the other five open-air pools will follow as of May 30.

"I am very pleased that the state of NRW is making it possible for us to have an open-air swimming pool season with the relaxation measures in the Corona pandemic announced on May 7," says Mayor Ashok Sridharan. "I assume that the state will concretise the requirements for the open-air pools in the next few days."

First, the city had to assume that due to the existing restrictions and bans, the open-air pools will not be able to open this year. For this reason, the crisis management team of the city of Bonn had decided on 24 April to introduce short-time work for the approximately 40 employees of the pool company from 11 May. Sridharan: "We found this decision very difficult. Now we have the clarity that the open-air pools can open. And that's what we are doing!"

In the meantime, the city has stopped the procedure for applying for short-time work, the baths are being prepared for opening. The Sports and Pool Authority has drawn up a concept for opening the open-air pools under pandemic conditions and has oriented itself in particular to the pandemic plan of the German Association for the Bathing Industry and the recommendations of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for a gradual opening of municipal pools.

Concept presented to the Sports Committee

The concept still requires a concrete infection hygiene assessment once the specific requirements of the state are available. It is to be presented to the Sports Committee at its meeting on 20 May. Citizens who wish to attend the meeting of the Sports Committee must register with their contact details at the city council office by 19 May at the latest by sending an e-mail to  ratsbuerobonnde.

Service centre offers first dates online again

From Monday, 11 May 2020, the first appointments in the service centre will again be offered via online appointment reservation. In order to guarantee health protection, the number of visitors must be reduced and reorganised at the same time. Against this background, all existing appointments that were booked before 19 March 2020 have been deleted and citizens have been informed accordingly. New appointments can now be made and the flow of visitors can be better managed.

As before, the official buildings of the city administration may only be entered by prior appointment and with appropriate mouth and nose protection. Appointments are made exclusively online or by telephone. The city administration urgently asks to refrain from personal meetings without an appointment.

The focus in the area of registration, passports and identity cards is on updating the register of residents so that the electoral register is up to date by the deadline of 13 June 2020 for the local elections on 13 September 2020. For this reason, this department will initially only offer dates for registration and re-registration from 11 May onwards.

Emergency concerns can of course still be raised. For this purpose, the telephone number 0228 - 77 6657 is additionally available on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the area of the vehicle registration office and the driving licence office / driving permit authority, you can again make appointments as usual online at  www.bonn.de/termine or by telephone on 0228 - 77 6677 from 11 May.

If you have questions about the service centre, the call centre is available on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Compliance with the obligation to wear masks is checked

Anyone in Bonn who violates the obligation to wear a mask in buses and trains or when shopping after being expressly requested to wear a mask will be liable to a fine of 100 euros since Wednesday, 6 May 2020. The fine regulation applies in the entire administrative district of Cologne. The city ordinance service monitors compliance with the mask obligation. According to its assessment, it is very well accepted and observed. Only in one petrol station were an employee and a customer found without mouth and nose protection. The two now expect a fine of 100 euros each.

"We will return the fines to institutions that are in need because of the Corona crisis", announced Mayor Sridharan. Details of how the money will be used are still being worked out.

From Monday, May 4 to Thursday morning, May 7, 2020, the City Planning Service recorded 75 missions due to the current contact bans. Advertisements were written against 19 people.

Despite the relaxation - especially the contact ban - that will apply from 11 May 2020, Mayor Sridharan continues to rely on the common sense and understanding of the citizens: "Please observe the restrictions and bans still in force at that time - for your own protection and for the protection of your fellow citizens! Our common goal must continue to be to keep the number of new infections at a low level".

Playgrounds open again

Since midday on Thursday, 7 May 2020, the city's 320 or so playgrounds have been open again. The City Greenery Office has removed the barrier strips and fences. Some playground equipment, such as swings, which were removed, will be reinstalled by Friday afternoon. From this weekend on everything will be playable again. Barrier signs will be taken down and replaced by signs until Friday afternoon. On these information boards it says: "We kindly ask you to keep a minimum distance of 1.50 metres to other accompanying persons. Please avoid full playgrounds. The distance requirement will be checked, overcrowded playgrounds will be closed."

According to an initial assessment by the city planning department, parents and accompanying persons should keep the distance.

Current figures

As of Thursday, May 7, 2020, the public health department of the city of Bonn lists 164 people who are acutely ill with the coronavirus. Since 29 February 2020, a total of 679 people have tested positive for Covid-19; 509 people have since recovered and six have died.
At present, 33 people from Bonn, the surrounding area and abroad who have fallen ill with Covid-19 are in Bonn hospitals. 18 of them are cared for in normal wards, 15 are in intensive care units, of which nine require respiration.

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