In Cologne, there should now be no more rapid tests in urban test centers. Only certain people will continue to receive the tests – and for free.
Cologne – Since March you can have a quick test for the corona virus in Cologne at least once a week. But that will soon be over. Because from the October 11th, the corona tests are no longer free. The city of Cologne even goes one step further: Because as it is said in a press release, will Urban test sites Nun basically no antigen tests offer more. Only certain people will continue to receive the antigen tests, such as pregnant women or minors. You don’t have to pay anything for it either.
- Was? Only PCR tests are offered in the municipal test centers. Rapid antigen tests are now only available for certain people – they don’t have to pay anything for them either.
- Do you want? From October 11th
Coronavirus Cologne: Antigen tests will have to be paid for in the future – they will remain free for these people
The urban test center in Meschenich will close on October 11th, the urban test center at Cologne Central Station (Breslauer Platz) will remain open until October 31st, so the city continues. There and in the infection protection center in the health department, from October 11th only PCR tests carried out. Antigen tests obtain only certain people. You don’t have to pay any money for it either:
- Pregnant women
- Residents and workers in facilities for vulnerable groups
- People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
- People who receive benefits in accordance with SGB II
Coronavirus in Cologne: In which areas do you still need a negative test?
One thing is certain: for people who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered and who also do not belong to the people, because in many areas a test still has to be shown. An overview of where to take a test:
- Indoor catering
- Indoor sports
- Indoor events
- Accommodation (on arrival and again every four days)
- Tourist bus trips (on arrival and every four days)
- Children’s and youth and family recreational trips run by public and independent child and youth welfare organizations (a jointly supervised self-test is possible here)
- Body-hugging services such as hairdressing, cosmetics (exception: medical or nursing services)
- Large outdoor events from 2500 people (exception: assemblies within the meaning of 8 GG where compliance with the minimum distance of 1.5 m is ensured)
- Visits to hospitals, old people’s and nursing homes, special forms of housing for integration assistance and similar facilities, inpatient facilities, collective accommodation for refugees
Note: In some cases, however, a 2G regulation has already been ordered – for example, the pub “Lotta” in the southern part of the city has decided to do so. Only vaccinated and recovered people are allowed to sit there in the indoor restaurant. On the other hand, negative corona tests are no longer accepted indoors.
By the way, there are some strict rules in Cologne on November 11th. Because the 2G rule applies to the old town events in the upcoming carnival session. That means: only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are allowed to celebrate. However, there are exceptions.
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