PK ticker: end of the mask requirement?  Cologne crisis team at the start of the European Championship with a clear statement


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Where is Cologne going in the corona pandemic? If the trend of the past weeks is to be believed, the city is definitely on the right track. Shortly before the start of the European Championship on Friday (June 11th), the Cologne crisis team has invited to a press conference. After the meeting of the crisis team, head Andrea Blome and Co. informed about the current situation.

  • Corona in Cologne: Crisis team gives update on press conference
  • Crisis team leader calls for caution during the EM
  • Mask requirement, no stay and alcohol ban in hotspots extended

The start of the European Championships is an important date for Cologne even without German participation. After all, Turkey (approx. 57,000 Cologne residents) and Italy (approx. 22,000 Cologne residents) are the two countries that have the largest population groups in addition to Germany Cologne. Life on the streets should be ensured, especially since the weekend starts anyway.

Press conference on Friday: Crisis team gives update on the corona situation

How the European Championship goes for Cologne was also a topic at the crisis team’s press conference. With a lot of discipline and a sharply falling incidence value, Cologne has earned a summer with easing. On the other hand, the gatherings of people on Corpus Christi and last weekend have shown that many Cologne residents put these freedoms at risk quite lightly.

So has the head of the crisis team, Andrea Blome, positioned herself clearly? She is grateful for the many Cologne residents who have adhered to the rules and are responsible for the current low incidence value.

But: Caution should also be exercised during the European Championship. You can also celebrate a goal from a distance, said Blome. Scenes like those at the Aachener Weiher in the past week should not be repeated, Blome had already clearly criticized them in advance.

When it comes to masking requirements and the ban on alcohol and staying in the Cologne hotspots, the crisis team has decided to extend the current rules. It was too early for carelessness, according to the opinion of the staff. Above all, the good weather and the European Championships made the decision, even if the incidence value is currently positive.

Corona-PK in Cologne: Blome is clearly positioning itself for the EM

In addition to Blome, Dr. Johannes Nießen (Head of the Health Department) and Dr. Christian Miller (Head of the Professional Fire Brigade) spoke at the press conference and explained the current situation in their area.

Read the most important information and statements from the press conference in the ticker here:

  • 2:25 p.m .: This ends the press conference.
  • 2:19 p.m .: When will the rules such as the mask requirement or alcohol ban be relaxed? That depends on the overall picture, not just on the incidence, explains Blome. The good weather and the upcoming EM are reasons to approach the issue of easing carefully now. The experience from 2020 also led to more caution in the crisis team.
  • 2:18 p.m .: On June 13th, the pilot project with regard to vaccinations in Cologne will end. If there is still the remaining vaccine, it will continue at short notice. However, an application will be made to continue the campaign, says Dr. Miller clear.
  • 2:14 p.m .: So far, around 805,000 vaccinations have been carried out in Cologne. On Thursday, the vaccination center in Deutz broke the 400,000 vaccination mark.
  • 2:12 p.m .: Fire brigade chief Dr. Miller’s turn.
  • 2:09 p.m .: A look at the map of the city shows: 20 districts of Cologne currently have an incidence of 0.
  • 2:08 p.m .: Cologne has higher incidences among 12 to 18-year-olds than, for example, among daycare children. The high numbers among young people are particularly noticeable and therefore vaccination is particularly important in this age group, says Nießen.
  • 2:08 p.m .: Now Dr. Johannes Nießen the word.
  • 2:07 p.m .: “The European Football Championship starts today. Let’s enjoy it. But let’s enjoy it with common sense. You can also celebrate a goal from a distance, ”says Blome. Your statement ends with that.
  • 2:06 p.m .: The city wants to continue offering focus vaccinations. So far, around 9,000 people have been vaccinated there, according to Blome.
  • 2:04 p.m .: For reasons of caution, the mask requirement, residence ban and alcohol ban at hotspots will continue to be upheld. The crisis team decided that.
  • 2:03 p.m .: One must be careful not to jeopardize the new freedoms. Cologne owes that to those who will suffer from Corona for a long time.
  • 2:02 p.m .: “We are very pleased with the current low incidence and I would like to thank those who have followed the rules and have contributed to the current values,” says Blome. However, the pandemic is not over.
  • 2:01 p.m .: Andrea Blome takes the floor.

This is the Corona situation on Friday (June 11th): The incidence value in Cologne has fallen sharply in recent weeks and is now only at 22.3. In addition, 714 fatalities are now known in connection with the pandemic. A total of 53,206 Cologne residents have been infected with Corona so far. (tw)

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