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City announces new measures to contain the coronavirus

The city of Bonn will react to the increasing number of new corona infections with increased requirements. Various measures are now being coordinated with the state and will subsequently be issued by means of a general ordinance.

In the past seven days, 115 new infections have been registered in Bonn. This corresponds to 34.85 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Under the emergency mechanism introduced by the federal and state governments to counter rising infection rates, municipalities and districts with a value of 35 or more are obliged to take further measures in coordination with the state authorities. 

These measures, which the city will propose to the state, include reducing the number of guests at private parties in public spaces or in rented rooms to 50 people. At public events in closed rooms, there will be increased monitoring of adherence to hygiene concepts and the observance of intervals. 

Insistent appeal

"We urgently appeal to citizens to continue to observe the AHA rules (distance - washing hands - everyday mask), to install the Corona warning app on their cell phones and to air out a lot," emphasizes city director Wolfgang Fuchs, head of the crisis team, in view of the rising infection figures and with a view to the autumn and winter months. The city also recommends wearing a mouth and nose protector at secondary schools and in public places in Bonn.

Situation at the schools

Due to the increasing number of schools affected by infections, the city has decided to no longer have all first-degree contacts tested, but only those who show typical symptoms. In addition, complete school classes will no longer always be sent to quarantine. In particular, the city wants to deviate from the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and take a differentiated view of quarantine decisions, especially when distances and hygiene regulations in the classes are observed and mouth and nose covers are worn.

In connection with the question of the conditions under which school sports can take place in the school gyms again, the city continues to hope for a nationwide regulation. 

In Bonn's schools, sufficient windows and doors can be opened everywhere, especially in the classrooms, so that ventilation can be provided regularly. An exception is the Friedrich-List-Berufskolleg, where this is not sufficiently possible in four rooms. For this school, high-performance air cleaning equipment was therefore purchased. According to the current state of the art, these are the only available devices that guarantee a virologically effective, maintenance-free air exchange that is sufficiently quiet for school operation. At a price of about 4,500 Euro per unit and with over 4,000 classrooms in schools in Bonn, the purchase of such units is only possible in individual cases. According to current knowledge, regular, three- to five-minute shock ventilation in combination with cross ventilation is usually sufficient to exchange the air.

Controls of the city planning service

Since the current Corona Protection Ordinance came into force on October 1, 2020, the city ordinance service has checked lists with contact data in 27 restaurants. Of a total of 273 name entries checked, 15 were incorrect. These guests must now expect to face a fine and the fine of 250 euros set by the state of NRW. Four innkeepers expect to face proceedings with a fine of 1000 Euro due to a considerable violation of the requirements of the Corona Protection Ordinance. Considerable violations include incorrect or missing lists for contact data tracing, missing or incorrect room sketches, missing disinfection material or disinfection plans. In eight restaurants, minor violations of the specifications were found. 

During further checks on buses and trains, the city's public order service reported nine cases of passengers not wearing a mouth-nose cover. Violations of the permissible group size in public spaces were found twelve times. 

In total, the fines department has now received 1,700 reports in connection with the coronavirus and issued 1,150 fine notices.

Current figures

Currently 118 people in Bonn are demonstrably infected with the coronavirus (status Wednesday, October 7, 2020). Since February 28, 2020 a total of 1367 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. Nine people have died in connection with Covid-19, 1240 people have recovered.

In the past seven days, 115 new infections have been registered in Bonn; this corresponds to 34.85 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. With the emergency mechanism introduced by the federal and state governments against rising infection rates of 35 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, the limit for the federal city of Bonn with more than 330,000 inhabitants is 116 cases.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, a person who tested positive at the Friedrich-List-Berufskolleg was reported to the health department. The person is not from Bonn.

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