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Further openings and relaxations from May 22 in Bonn

The Corona incidence value for Bonn on Thursday, May 20, 2021, is 76.1, which means it is below the 100 mark for the fifth working day in a row. Since the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has determined this in a general decree, the federal emergency brake will be suspended as of Saturday, May 22.

As of this day, the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will no longer apply. Contact restrictions will be relaxed and other openings will be implemented. Some examples:

  • Contact restrictions will then apply to one's own household plus one person or again five people from two households. In both constellations, children up to and including 14 years of age, fully vaccinated or recovered persons are not counted.
  • Businesses that do not serve basic needs are open with a negative test result and a limit of one person per 20 square feet.
  • Outdoor restaurants may serve guests with a negative test result who must be assigned a place to sit or stand.
  • Private accommodations in hotels and similar establishments are permitted at up to 60 percent of capacity; a negative test result is required. 

A comprehensive overview can be found at (opens in a new tab).

Two outdoor pools open for sports from Saturday

The outdoor pool in Friesdorf and the Hardtbergbad open from Saturday, May 22, for sports practice. The sunbathing lawns may not be used. Successively, the remaining three outdoor pools in Bonn are also to open. 

The visit is possible with a current negative rapid test. Recovered and fully vaccinated persons do not need a current test result if they have the appropriate proof. The Hardtbergbad and Friesdorf outdoor pools will then be open all day Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission will be controlled on site via the ticket offices without pre-booking. 

A maximum of 120 people are allowed to swim in the Hardtbergbad and 40 in the Friesdorf outdoor pool at the same time. As last year, the sports and baths office is implementing a hygiene concept: Mouth-to-nose coverings are to be worn in waiting areas (including in front of the baths), disinfection dispensers for bathers are installed in front of the cashier area, in the changing rooms and in the toilets, and the collective changing rooms are closed. Signs and notices inform about the rules of conduct.

If the 7-day incidence is stably below the value of 50, then according to the current CoronaSchVO the visit of outdoor swimming pools with a confirmed negative test (or as recovered or fully vaccinated persons) is also permitted without restriction to sporting activities and with the opening of the sunbathing areas. In this case, the number of guests present at the same time may not exceed one person per seven square meters of the sunbathing area. 

Due to these requirements, the outdoor pools will only be open to a limited number of people present at the same time in the summer of 2021.  

In order to give as many Bonn residents as possible the chance to visit the outdoor pools, the Sports and Baths Office is again planning to offer several time slots for daily use of the pools starting with a 7-day incidence of less than 50. To reduce crowding in front of the pools as much as possible, patrons will then be required to make a binding reservation and pay for their time slots for the pools in advance, either online or by phone. 

The use of this mandatory pre-booking system means that all season passes cannot be used this outdoor pool season. The season pass would allow holders unlimited access rights. However, this right of access cannot be granted when visitor numbers are limited. Therefore, season passes cannot be offered in the 2021 outdoor pool season, as they were in 2020. 

The use of all other tariffs (single, group and multiple tickets) are possible with pre-booking even with discount requirements in the offered time windows. 

Info about the opening of the outdoor pools in the different stages can always be found up to date on (opens in a new tab). The link to the pre-booking will also be activated here as soon as it can start.

Buses and trains

Stadtwerke Bonn is again extending its bus and train services to the nighttime hours from Friday, May 21, to Saturday, May 22. Then the night service will be offered again on the lines N1 to N10 as well as on the light rail line 66 and the bus lines 640 and SB60. The lines will run according to the timetable. 

Municipal cultural facilities

The Art Museum plans to open the weekend of May 29-30, 2021. City Archives and City History Library are aiming to reopen the reading room on June 1. Visitation will then be possible with an appointment, a medical mask, and a current negative rapid test. Recovered and fully vaccinated individuals do not need a current test result with appropriate proof.

The City Library will continue the current contactless pickup service for ordered media as well as contactless media return (without test proof; media pickup by appointment). 

The Ludwig van Beethoven Music School has already been offering face-to-face classes again since Monday, May 17, 2021. For the time being, however, teachers remain free to choose whether to continue their classes in presence or as an online offering. Distance lessons will still be offered for adult music students. 

The Adult Education Center will conduct its classes exclusively online until at least May 31. If incidence allows for phased openings after May 31, partial openings will likely occur beginning June 1.

The City Museum and Memorial Center will remain closed in May. 

The Theater Bonn has postponed the restart until after the summer vacations at the end of August 2021 due to planning uncertainties. 

The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn is planning concerts on open-air stages in Bonn before the summer break. A regular season is planned after the summer break.

553 people acutely infected

Since February 28, 2020, a total of 13,840 confirmed Covid-19 infections have been identified. 553 people are acutely infected, and 13,049 are considered to have recovered in the interim. 238 people have died in association with coronavirus. The most recent fatality is a 66-year-old man; the health department has no information on previous illnesses. 1480 people in Bonn are currently in quarantine.

As of Wednesday, May 19, the health department has registered a total of 3,047 cases of coronavirus mutations since January 28, 2021: 3,001 times the British variant, 2 times the Brazilian variant, 44 times the South African variant. With a total of 383 SARS-CoV-2 cases in the week of May 3-9 and 193 new cases with viral variants in the same period, this represents a rate of 50.39 percent (British variant B.1.1.7 50.39 percent). Currently, there are 304 cases with the British variant in quarantine.

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