NRW loosens corona rules in 31 cities: indoor catering visit without tests

Something normal in NRW: The corona numbers are constantly falling. As a result, more than 30 cities are loosening up. Indoor catering opens again to visitors without a test.

In view of the significantly lower number of corona infections, the corona requirements will be relaxed in numerous North Rhine-Westphalian cities and communities on Friday. In many places it will be possible to visit indoor restaurants without a test, announced the NRW Ministry of Health. Indoor sports can also be practiced again in the affected cities and districts without a previous negative test result. Cultural events with up to 1,000 people can be held either without a gap or without a test.

An overview by the Ministry of Health shows that as of Friday 31 of the total of 53 independent cities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia belong to incidence level 1 (at most 35) with the most extensive easing. On Saturday it will be 38. Since the NRW state average is now also stable below 35, the result is that indoor catering is possible there without prior tests.

The easing applies with immediate effect in the city region of Aachen, Borken, Bottrop, Coesfeld, Düren, Düsseldorf, in the Ennepe-Ruhr district, in Essen, Euskirchen, Heinsberg, Herford, Herne, Höxter, Cologne, Minden-Lübbecke, Mönchengladbach, Mülheim on the Ruhr, Münster, Oberhausen, Olpe, Recklinghausen, the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis, the Rhein-Kreis Neuss, the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Soest, Solingen, Steinfurt, Viersen, Warendorf and Wesel. On Saturday, Bielefeld, the Hochsauerlandkreis, Krefeld, Lippe, Remscheid, the Rhein-Erft-Kreis and Unna are to be added.

“Long-Missing Normality”

“I am very happy that the number of infections is currently developing so positively. As a result, there will now automatically be further easing in North Rhine-Westphalia,” said NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann. “We are taking important and clear steps towards a long-lost normalcy.”

According to the RKI overview, on Thursday only Hagen (50.9) and Bonn (44.3) of the total of 53 districts and urban districts were above the threshold of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days.

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