Local news translated – April 15, 2021

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Click here for details on how the local coronavirus rules affect the USAG Stuttgart community.

Daily Host Nation Update, April 15, 2021 

Checkpoints in Stuttgart – this is how police intends to monitor the night curfew

Stuttgart – A curfew will go into effect in Stuttgart at midnight on Friday night. After that, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. anyone who does not have a “valid reason” to be outside must be home. The Stuttgart police are preparing to monitor compliance. In principle, it will be similar to what happened in the winter, however, a few innovations have occurred in the meantime. The traffic police will again set up checkpoints on some entrance and exit roads, like they did during the winter. Drivers who are stopped will then have to explain why they are on the road. Due to the ban on alcohol consumption in the city and probably because of the controls, new meeting places or so-called “hotspots”, were detected far away from the city center. The green spaces at the Bismarck Tower in the north of the city are one example. While the meetings were largely indoors during the winter, many people are now drawn outside again, which is no longer possible after 9 p.m. as of Friday. With the time change and rising temperatures, more people may be out in the evening than in December and January, during the first curfew.  Police will have more officers available on weekends due to the Stuttgart Security Concept (SKS). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 15)

These Corona rules apply in your county

Stuttgart – Which Corona rules apply in your district? In principle, the number of confirmed new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week (7-day incidence) is decisive.  If the value is higher than 100, the “emergency brake” is applied and the third opening step is withdrawn. Private meetings are again significantly restricted and night curfews may be imposed.

What currently applies as of April 15, 9:30 a.m.

Step 1: Open: Schools and hairdressers  Step 2: Open/authorized are: Flower stores, garden markets;

Private meetings: 1 household with 1 additional person from another  household (children are not counted).

Step1 and Step 2 apply to the following counties/cities: Stuttgart and District, Boeblingen, Calw, Esslingen, Enzkreis, Freiburg, Goeppingen, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe.    Nighttime curfew restrictions are already in place in 20 counties in Baden-Württemberg. Here’s an overview where you are currently not authorized to leave the house between 9 p.m and 5 a.m.   Nighttime curfews affect the following counties/cities:   Stuttgart District, Esslingen, Goeppingen, Ludwigsburg, Rems-Murr-Kreis, Heilbronn, Hohelohe, Schwaebisch Hall, Main-Tauber, Heidenheim, Ostalbkreis, Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Mannheim and Neckar-Odenwald.  So far, BöBLINGEN AND HEIDELBERG are not affected by night time curfew. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 15)

Green light for EU vaccination card

From the end of June, there is to be a uniform EU vaccination certificate, which all members of the European Union have agreed upon. The vaccination certificate is to be recognized throughout the EU and could save travelers from having to go into quarantine. EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders welcomed an agreement to this effect by the ambassadors of the 27 countries. However, the document still needs to be finalized in negotiations with the EU Parliament. The so-called green certificate is intended to provide information on whether a person can spread the coronavirus or at least how likely this is. In addition to vaccinations, information about a survived corona infection and current test results will also be stored. The EU Commission emphasizes that this will prevent discrimination against non-vaccinated persons when traveling. The document is to be issued in the respective national language and in English. However, the certificate may still be subject to change, for example if a vaccine is no longer effective against a mutation variant. Every EU citizen should be able to obtain the document free of charge.  (Tagesschau.de, April 14)


Non-Corona related news:

Böblingen: Closure of “Freiburger Allee”

Freiburger Allee in Böblingen will have to be fully closed between Jerg-Rathgeb-Straße and Tübinger Straße from Wednesday, April 14, until probably Monday, April 19. Reason: There is a damage to the district heating pipe, which must be repaired. A detour will be sign posted via Freiburger Allee – Schönbuchstraße – Tübinger Straße and vice versa. Safe passage is guaranteed for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, according to the city administration. The access roads to the properties Freiburger Allee 76, 78, 80 and 82 can only be reached coming from Tübinger Straße. (BB.heute, April 15)