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Outdoor mask requirement eliminated as of October 1

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the obligation to wear masks outdoors will be abolished from Friday, October 1, 2021. This is regulated by the state's new corona protection ordinance. It will apply until October 29, 2021.

Until now, masks were compulsory in queues and queuing areas, as well as directly at sales booths, cashier areas and similar service counters, and at sports, cultural and other outdoor events with more than 2,500 visitors. This is no longer the case. Nevertheless, the state strongly recommends that masks continue to be worn outdoors if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people cannot be maintained, for example in queues.

In indoor catering, no special distances now apply, and partitions between tables are no longer required - both are merely recommended. The mask requirement outside the fixed seating or standing area remains in place.

According to new corona protection regulations, wherever previously unimmunized individuals have required a PCR test for access (e.g., discos) or to waive the mask requirement (e.g., choir rehearsals), a rapid test can also be used as an alternative starting Oct. 1 if it is six hours or less old.

In addition, more spectators are allowed at large events. For example, at large sporting events, concerts, music festivals and the like, the absolute upper limit of 25,000 spectators will be completely eliminated. In addition, the relative upper limit of 50 percent of the regular spectator capacity is relaxed for large outdoor events. Here, all seats can now be fully occupied if the organizer ensures that masks are worn outside the seats.


In the coming days, the city continues its mobile vaccination campaigns, where people 16 years and older can get vaccinated against Corona without an appointment.

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the vaccination bus will be on Friedensplatz (on the occasion of the Disaster Prevention Day NRW), and on the same day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., vaccinations will be held at the Bonn-Information, Windeckstraße 1. 

On Monday, October 4, the vaccination bus will make a stop from 4 to 8 p.m. at the exit of the subway stop "Uni/Markt" (direction Kaiserplatz), and on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, it will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Poppelsdorf, at the corner of Clemens-August-Straße/Karlrobert-Kreiten-Straße (in front of Alpha Copy). On Saturday, October 9, 2021, everyone can get vaccinated at the vaccination bus on Münsterplatz (on the occasion of the Beethoven Rally) between 10 am and 4 pm.

Current figures

As of Thursday, September 30, 54 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have contracted Covid-19 are in Bonn hospitals. 32 people are being cared for in normal wards, 22 are in intensive care units, and 17 of them require ventilation.

The 7-day incidence value related to 100,000 inhabitants* drops again slightly to 52.9. In the past seven days, 175 new infections were reported to the health department, currently there are 361 Covid-19 cases, 497 people are in quarantine.

Between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19, out of 400 Covid-19 cases, there were 212 cases with variant virus. This represents a 53 percent rate. All of these were of the delta variant. 

As of Wednesday, Sept. 29, the health department has registered a total of 5,841 cases of coronavirus mutations since Jan. 28, 2021: alpha variant 3,812 times, beta variant 47 times, gamma variant 2 times and delta variant 1,980 times). Currently, there are 269 cases with detected delta variant in quarantine.

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