"I very much regret that we have to cancel Pützchens Markt again this year," said Mayor Katja Dörner. "We did not take the decision lightly. Unfortunately, the pandemic leaves us no other choice. As we are aware of the consequences of the cancellation, the close coordination with the Bonn Showmen's Association was all the more important. After all, the cancellation naturally hits the showmen and women the hardest. That's why I thank the association for their understanding."
From the point of view of the administration, the responsibility for the health of the citizens is to be weighted higher than the justified and also understandable interest of the population in a public festival. Even if more and more people are vaccinated, an event with hundreds of thousands of guests cannot take place in early September 2021.
An event with fewer visitors and admission restrictions for vaccinated, recovered and negatively tested people would not be an alternative for one of the largest folk festivals in Germany in the view of the administration. The city of Bonn is thus following in the footsteps of other major fair organizers who have already canceled their festivals. These include the Munich Oktoberfest, the largest funfair in NRW in Crange, the Rhine funfair in Düsseldorf and the large Bürger-Schützenfest in Neuss.
In order to support the showmen and women in Bonn and to enable at least a small economic compensation, the administration offers the showmen to set up their fair stands in the city center during the summer. In addition, the administration will propose to the Bonn district council to extend the Christmas market by two days in 2021. The condition is that the situation in December allows a Christmas market.
The Freundeskreis Pützchens Markt was also involved in the decision, which contributes to the success of the Pützchens Markt with its own events, such as the Rhenish Evening in the Bayern Festhalle, during the fair days.
For the Schaustellerverband Bonn, its second chairman, Roland Barth, said: "We very much regret the cancellation of our main event here in Bonn-Pützchen, which also has economically devastating consequences for us. But we also understand the city of Bonn with its arguments, which now had to make a decision."
The representatives of the showmen's association had expressed the wish in the coordination discussion to postpone the decision still around one month. However, the processes in the administration are opposed to this, where not only lead times have to be taken into account, but also time windows for tenders, for example security services, ordering the fireworks, the planning at the police, fire department, emergency services and the public utilities, as well as the organizational preparations at the market school.
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