Mülheim / Troisdorf / Düsseldorf – Finally guests again, even if only outside: In the first regions of North Rhine-Westphalia, restaurateurs were allowed to entertain people in the outdoor area of their restaurants for the first time on Saturday. For example, in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Troisdorf in the Rhein-Sieg district, many people took advantage of the opportunity to have a coffee or lunch outdoors. However, under awnings and umbrellas and warmed by patio heaters, because cold, wet weather rained off the start.
Alexander Adscheid, owner of the excursion restaurant “Zur Siegfähre” in Troisdorf, enjoyed “the great feeling of finally getting out of the lockdown into more normalcy” on Saturday. It can host 100 guests on its covered terrace. It is so nice to see how happy everyone is about the openings. Many even didn’t care that the weather wasn’t playing along. “They just put on a warm jacket and made the best of it.”
At Rajesh Luthra from Café Leonardo in Mülheim an der Ruhr, the guests enjoyed their breakfast or their cappuccino on the bistro’s terrace for the first time. Because it kept raining, the landlord had to organize his 26 tables wisely. Nevertheless, the people were happy to be able to sit outside and linger. “An old man told me that it would be best for him to finally have a beer in the pub again,” Luthra said of the mood.
According to the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, which has been in force since Saturday, restricted openings in outdoor restaurants and overnight stays are again permitted under certain conditions if the seven-day incidence on five consecutive working days is stable below 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Only those who have been tested, vaccinated and recovered have access.
The easing applied from Saturday for the city of Mülheim, the districts of Soest and Viersen and the Rhein-Sieg district. Landlords outside were also allowed to open in Münster and in the districts of Höxter and Coesfeld, where the nationwide emergency brake had not even started.
Seven-day incidence back below 100 for the first time
The so-called seven-day incidence fell in NRW on Saturday for the first time in almost three months with 92.4 below the value of 100. This is based on figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). On Friday, the number that indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was still 103.4.
The last time the NRW average was below the threshold of 100, which is decisive for the federal emergency brake, was 99.6 on March 22nd. In 33 of the 53 districts and urban districts, the seven-day incidence has now fallen below this value, which allows outdoor restaurants to be opened after several days, among other things.
Only Hagen (201.9) and Leverkusen (174.1) are above the value of 165, from which there may be no face-to-face teaching in schools. Münster continued to have the lowest value on Saturday at 28.5.
According to the data, 1685 new infections were reported in NRW within one day. Last Saturday there were 3534 new infections. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus rose by 32 to 16,222.