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Coronavirus: protective measures are tightened

Bonn has exceeded the 7-day incidence number of 50 for new corona infections. Therefore, measures to contain the corona pandemic will be intensified. By means of a general ruling, the additional protective measures will be published in the Official Gazette on Friday, October 16, 2020. They will enter into force on the following Saturday, 17 October 2020, and will initially apply until 31 October 2020 inclusive.

Mandatory masks in pedestrian zones and shopping streets

From Saturday, October 17, 2020, masks will be mandatory in the pedestrian zones of Bonn and Bad Godesberg as well as in the shopping streets of Beuel and Duisdorf.

Bonn City District: Acherstraße, Am Hauptbahnhof, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz, Breite Straße, Bonner Talweg, Bonngasse, Brüdergasse, Dreieck, Friedensplatz, Friedrichstraße, Gangolfstraße, In der Sürst, Kasernenstraße, Markt, Maxstraße, Maximilianstraße, Mühlheimer Platz, Münsterplatz, Münsterstraße, Poststraße, Remigiusplatz, Remigiusstraße, Sternstraße, Sterntorbrücke, Stockenstraße, Vivatsgasse, Wenzelgasse.

District of Bad Godesberg: Alte Bahnhofstraße, Am Fronhof, Am Michaelshof, Bürgerstraße, Koblenzer Straße, Moltkeplatz, Oststraße, Pfarrer-Minartz-Straße, Schultheißgasse, Theaterplatz.

Beuel district: Friedrich- Breuer-Straße, Hermannstraße, Hans-Böckler-Straße, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, Obere-Wilhelm-Straße, Rathausstraße.

City district of Hardtberg: Am Schickshof, Im Burgacker, Rochusplatz, Rochusstraße.

All persons walking in these areas must wear a mask. The city will draw attention to the mask obligation with several hundred posters in the pedestrian zones and shopping streets.

Maximum of five persons together in public space

In addition, only a maximum of five people (previously ten) from different households may meet in public spaces. In the entire city, alcohol may no longer be sold between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and there is a closing hour for restaurants from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Beyond that:

  • Obligation to wear an everyday mask at all events and meetings indoors and in closed rooms and libraries even at the seat. (Exceptions are events such as those according to the Assembly Act).
  • Marriages: In accordance with the room capacities, if the minimum distances are observed; as a rule, a maximum of 10 / 25 participants for weddings in an ambience). No champagne reception or drinks are permitted after the ceremony.
  • Funerals/Mourning ceremonies: Maximum 50 persons. Funeral halls with a capacity of less than 10 persons are closed if the minimum distances are observed.
  • Outdoor contact sports: Maximum of 30 persons, unless the operation of two teams does not necessarily require this maximum number to be exceeded.

By exceeding the 50 limit for new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, further measures are also taken by the Corona Protection Ordinance of the state. These include:

  • A maximum of 500 participants (previously 1000) at outdoor cultural events
  • Maximum 250 participants (500 so far) for cultural events in closed rooms
  • Maximum of 25 participants (previously 50) at private parties outside of their own homes

In addition, the state of NRW can be expected to implement further restrictions.

The city ordinance service will monitor compliance with the tightened rules. For example, anyone who violates the obligation to wear a mask will face a fine of 50 euros per person.

 

"With all these measures, we hope to be able to interrupt chains of infection effectively. Our goal must be to reduce the number of new infections," explains city director Wolfgang Fuchs, head of the city's crisis management team. "The regulations that have now been issued mean further restrictions for all citizens. At the same time, in view of the rising number of infections, they are absolutely necessary to protect the population and to avoid even more drastic measures. We therefore ask all citizens of Bonn for their understanding and support in implementing and complying with the current regulations," Fuchs appealed.

Appeal for private celebrations

In addition, the city of Bonn is appealing to organize private parties at home with a maximum of ten participants. City director Fuchs: "The past weeks have shown that the virus has been transmitted especially during - private - parties". The citizens are called upon to continue to implement the AHA rules (distance, hygiene, everyday mask) without fail.

Current figures

As of Friday, October 16, 2020, the Health Department of the City of Bonn has recorded 167 acute Covid 19 cases. Since February 28, 2020, a total of 1562 people have become infected with the coronavirus. Ten people have died in connection with Covid-19, 1385 have recovered.

The number of new infections within seven days is 167 persons. Thus, the incidence value for new infections, based on the past seven days and per 100,000 inhabitants, is 50.61.

The city points out that, due to various effects, there are differences to the figures published by the National Center for Health, to which the city reports:

On the one hand, there is a time lag of one day, on the other hand it happens that reports on the same day are not taken into account in their entirety. And finally, technical problems can occur during the transmission of the data.

Checks by the city ordinance service

In the past few days, the city's public order service has once again checked many restaurants, stores and facilities for compliance with the protection regulations. Random samples were also taken of private and public events. In addition, there were renewed checks on the obligation to wear masks in public transport and the delivery of orders for quarantine orders issued by the public health department.

In total, infection protection was the targeted focus of 83 missions since October 8, 2020. 37 new reports of violations of the protection regulations were written. In one case, virtually none of the hygiene and clearance rules were observed in a restaurant and no guest list was kept. The restaurant was immediately closed by the city ordinance service.

Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the fine authority has received about 1,800 notifications and about 1,200 fine notices have been issued.

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