Bonn · On Thursday, the Panoramabad Rüngsdorf will be the first of Bonn's outdoor swimming pools to open, but with numerous restrictions due to the Corona pandemic. We will explain the rules that apply to visitors.
All those who absolutely want to go to the open-air swimming pool on Thursday should spend Wednesday at an internet-compatible electrical device and keep an eye on the swimming pool site run by the city of Bonn. Because throughout the course of the day, ticket sales will be activated there, as the head of the Sports and Pool Office, Stefan Günther, announced on Tuesday at a press conference on the grounds of the Panorama Pool Rüngsdorf. And only there can you buy tickets for open-air swimming pool fun in the Bonn baths until further notice.
The "Rüngsi" will be the first to open its doors, explained Birgit Schneider-Bönninger, head of the Department of Sport and Culture, and will be used for a two-week test run under pandemic conditions. Friends of the open-air pool will therefore have to accept this further restriction for the time being. They want to test how the concept works and where it might need to be adapted - for example, how people, especially older people, get tickets who have no experience with the Internet. Römerbad, Friesi, Hardtbergbad and Melbbad will follow on 30 May, the Ennertbad a little later due to ongoing renovation work.
Pandemic conditions, means one thing above all, says Schneider-Bönninger, and that is: Keep your distance. In order to be able to guarantee this, a maximum of 500 people are allowed to be in the Rüngsi at the same time, and the operation of the bath is divided into three time blocks: The early swimmers come from 6.30 to 9 a.m. - but only during the week, not on weekends and public holidays, which is why on Ascension Day the panorama pool does not open until 10 a.m. - after which there are the blocks 10 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. In the meantime, all bathers have to leave, while especially the changing rooms and shower areas are disinfected. According to Günther, external helpers will support the bathing staff to ensure that this takes place quickly.
Tickets can be bought for each one of these blocks. Adults pay 2.50 Euro, children 1.50 Euro, group tickets cost 6 Euro. Season or day tickets therefore will not be available. In addition, buyers will have to provide their contact details online, access to which will be available in the restaurant. Furthermore, only every second single cabin will be used, the collective changing rooms will remain closed anyway, and not every locker will be available. Otherwise, adults should keep a minimum distance of 1.50 meters, even in the water. For children, the same announcements apply as on playgrounds. One cannot exclude contacts, but should remain attentive, said Günther. The danger of infection in the water is low. "The virus would not be transmitted in water, as far as we know", he said.
The diving platforms are open, the pool staff make sure that there is a distance between them. The slide will only be put into operation if staff are available for it, said pool manager Peter Baumgartner. In the catering area, the rules apply as elsewhere.
It is a dynamic concept, said those responsible. In other words, adjustments are possible at any time. It is a collective task to "convey a piece of normality, a piece of joie de vivre and a bit of holiday mood", said Schneider-Bönninger. In any case, Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan was pleased that the open-air pools are gradually reopening. "It is a taste of holiday in your own town."
School and club swimming are at a disadvantage in this concept. The city says that alternative solutions need to be examined in the short term, such as the use of indoor swimming pools in the Hardtberg pool and in Sportpark Nord. Since swimming courses would require physical contact, these are not taking place for the time being.
Maximum number of visitors in the open-air pools
Ticket sales are handled by www.bonn.de/baeder. There you will also find all rules of conduct and corona requirements as well as opening hours and other information. In the other open-air swimming pools there are different maximum numbers of visitors: In the Römerbad there can be a maximum of 950 people at the same time, in the Melbbad and Ennertbad 650 each, in the Rüngsdorfer Bad and Hardtbergbad 500 and in the Freisdorfer Freibad 150 people.