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Additional protective measures at the Christmas market

Additional protective measures will apply at the Bonn Christmas Market from Wednesday, November 24, 2021. In particular, the controls of the 2G rule (vaccinated, recovered) will be extended.

In order to be able to hold the Christmas market, it is necessary to comply with the greatest possible safety and hygiene precautions. Therefore, the city continuously evaluates the applicable regulations and adjusts them through further measures, if necessary. To this end, it maintains a close, constructive exchange with the police and the showmen.

As of November 24, checks of the 2G rule are to be carried out by the operators of the market stalls at all 165 stands of the Christmas market. This was agreed by the city on Monday with representatives of the showmen. For the visitors of the market this means: When buying, for example, food, drinks, handicrafts or Christmas items, they must always show their vaccination or convalescence certificate.

In addition, the city will deploy additional staff for checks. The Christmas market's night security service will now also assist with checks during the day.

Visitors can show their proof of recovery or vaccination at two points on the Christmas market grounds and receive a red wristband with the words "Weihnachtsmarkt 2021" ("Christmas Market 2021") indicating that they have already undergone a 2G check. During checks, these wristbands can be shown without complications and the duration of the verification check can thus be significantly shortened. The points of contact are located in the Vivatsgasse area and in the access area of Martinsplatz at the Christmas pyramid.

In addition, visitors can continue to receive the wristbands after successful checks by municipal employees during their tours and additionally by the security service and the stand operators.

The 2G rule applies

The 2G rule (vaccinated, recovered) applies to all visitors to the entire Christmas market. However, the 2G rule does not apply to passers-by who merely cross the Christmas market area.

Exceptions to the 2G rule apply to children up to the age of twelve, as they are regularly PCR-tested in their daycare centers and schools (so-called lollipop test). Adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age who have neither recovered nor been vaccinated require a test no more than 24 hours old to participate in the Christmas market. Persons who cannot be vaccinated - for example, for medical reasons - also require appropriate proof and a negative test result.

Mandatory wearing of masks in the city center and at the Christmas market

The City of Bonn once again draws attention to the fact that during the Christmas market, masks are compulsory both in the pedestrian zone of Bonn and on the market itself. At least one medical mask must be worn daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the areas of the Christmas market, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays in the other streets of the inner city area.

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