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Corona: Numerous additional restrictions from November 2, 2020

The Bonn city administration explains the most important regulations of the new Corona Protection Ordinance of the state, which will come into force on Monday, November 2, 2020. It is valid until November 30, 2020.

Public Space

In public spaces - the entire area outside your own home - a minimum distance of 1.50 meters must be maintained between you and other people. This minimum distance does not apply when two households with a maximum of ten people meet or for playing children in playgrounds, at childcare facilities, at school or on buses and trains. The mask obligation of the city of Bonn in the pedestrian zones of Bonn and Bad Godesberg as well as the shopping streets in Beuel and Duisdorf still applies.


Trade remains open in principle. The number of customers is limited to one person per ten square meters of sales area. While trade fairs, exhibitions, annual and special markets are prohibited, the weekly markets (mask obligation applies) remain open. In order to equalize the rush of customers, the retail stores may open on the five Sundays of November 29, December 6, 13, 20 and January 3 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Services where a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, such as cosmetic or nail studios, manicure, massage, tattooing and piercing, are prohibited until November 30. Allowed remain health services (e.g. physiotherapy, or opticians), hairdressing studios are still open.

Leisure and amusement facilities

In November, saunas, thermal baths and similar facilities must also close, as well as amusement parks, indoor playgrounds and similar facilities for recreational activities, whether they take place indoors or outdoors. This also applies to amusement arcades, betting shops, clubs, discos, brothels and zoos. Excursions with ships, carriages and historical railroads are also not permitted.


Events and meetings are generally prohibited. However, there are exceptions here as well, for example for meetings under the law of assembly or meetings of legally provided committees. Funerals and weddings are still permitted.


The operation of restaurants, pubs, snack bars, pubs and cafés is not allowed, delivery and out-of-home sales are permitted. Company canteens and refectories in educational institutions remain open.

Accommodation for tourist purposes that commenced after October 29 is prohibited until November 30, 2020. Coach tours and other bus group tours are not permitted.


Recreational and amateur sports activities on and in all public and private sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools and similar facilities are not permitted until the end of November 30th. Common rooms, including the rooms for changing and showering sports facilities, may not be used by more than one person at a time. Sports festivals and sports events remain prohibited until at least 31 December. 

Clubs are therefore not allowed to use sports halls and sports fields in November. The swimming pools must also be closed for clubs and recreational swimmers. 

In contrast, individual sports on the sports fields alone, in pairs or exclusively with persons of one's own household are still permitted. The sports fields will remain open for this purpose. 

Excluded from the ban are sports and swimming lessons at schools, school examinations and examinations of courses of study, training at the North Rhine-Westphalian federal and state performance bases and the training of professional athletes on and in training facilities provided by their employer.

Competitions in professional leagues as well as other professional sports activities are permitted with approved infection protection concepts, but may only be held without spectators until the end of November.

The city administration has provided both the schools and the clubs with appropriate information.


Concerts and performances in theaters, opera houses, concert halls, cinemas and other public or private institutions as well as the operation of museums, art exhibitions, galleries, castles, palaces, memorials and similar institutions are prohibited until November 30, 2020. Drive-in cinemas, car theaters and similar facilities may be operated if the distance between the vehicles is at least 1.5 meters. Music festivals, festivals and similar cultural events are not permitted until at least the end of the year.

The BeethovenOrchester Bonn will cease its concert operations for the public from Monday, November 2. Rehearsals, for example for CD recordings and productions scheduled for December, are to be maintained. 

All venues of the theater (opera house, playhouse and workshop stage) will be closed from November 2.

Bonn Art Museum and Bonn City Museum will close. 

The City Archives and the City History Library will remain accessible unchanged under the regulations and opening hours in effect since May. 

The facilities of the Stadtbibliothek will also remain open, but as before only for the lending and return of media. 

The Ludwig van Beethoven School of Music has to close. As in March, it will continue to offer most of its lessons as distance learning. This is feasible at short notice, especially for individual and small group lessons starting next week. Wherever possible, the larger teaching groups and ensembles will be divided into small groups and taught with digital aids. 

The majority of the adult education center's courses will no longer take place after November 2. There will continue to be integration courses, job-related language courses, courses offered by the vocational, IT and digital departments, and the courses offered as part of educational leave. Other events will be continued digitally. Where this is not possible, they will be interrupted or cancelled. 

Current figures

As of Friday, October 30, 2020, 399 new corona infections have occurred in Bonn in the past seven days. The incidence value per 100,000 inhabitants is thus 120.91.

There are currently 439 proven cases of Covid-19. Since February 28, 2020, a total of 2208 people have become infected with the coronavirus. 18 people have died in connection with Covid-19; two of these deaths are not yet included in the statistics of October 30, 2020. The three new deaths are three elderly ladies, born in 1932, born in 1931 and born in 1928. 1753 people are now considered to have recovered.

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