Local news translated – Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Corona opening steps in Baden-Wuerttemberg – 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. It is currently rising, so that in Baden-Württemberg only the third of five opening steps is possible – at least if the incidence is below 100.  If the value is higher than 100, the “emergency brake” is applied and the third opening step is withdrawn.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 curfews are also possible.  In the current week some districts had to take back relaxations, among them is the district Tübingen. In the city of Tübingen, the third stage relaxations continue to apply because of a model trial.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Apr 1)

Sindelfingen:  Rapid test offer at the town hall expanded

The rapid test station in front of Sindelfingen’s town hall is offering additional tests over Easter.  Over the holidays, around 700 citizens will be able to be tested. Today,  Thursday, in addition to the regular opening hours between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the rapid test station at the town hall will also offer testing in the evening between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturday a testing period between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. will also be added.  On holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday) quick tests are also offered, here the test station is open between 9:30 and 12:30. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to the many hard-working helpers who carry out the tests and are also on duty on the Easter holidays,” says Lord Mayor Dr. Bernd Vöhringer.  On-line registration can be done at www.coronaschnelltest-sindelfingen.de  It is also still possible to book an appointment via the Corona hotline, which is regularly staffed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. On Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, they can be reached from 10 a.m. to noon at 07031/94-611 or -621.  To retrieve the test result, one can use the app “DoctorBox”. Alternatively, it can be retrieved at  www.doctor-box.de/schnelltes. If desired, a written result is also available. 

Corona protest in Stuttgart – Antifa plans demo against “lateral thinkers”

Stuttgart – This Easter Saturday will be anything but quiet in the state capital. The day before Easter will be marked by lively demonstration activity in the city. Some are dedicated – stationary and with processions through the city and to the Cannstatter Wasen – to protest against the Corona protection measures. Among them is also the largest rally on the festival grounds, registered by the initiative “Querdenken 711”. These are now calling counter-demonstrators on the scene. The anti-fascist action alliance calls for the demo “Querdenken Stoppen”, meeting place at 12 o’clock on the Karlsplatz. The organizers call the rally on their Facebook page “mobile protest”, so they will likely want to keep moving in the city. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 1)


Police want to keep the camps separate

Stuttgart police are in the city this weekend with a large contingent to secure the various demonstrations. In addition to three peaceful Easter marches, the attention is primarily directed to the events of the critics of the Corona protection measures. The police expect a large demonstration from the city to the Wasen (Bad Cannstatt). They will accompany it. That left-wing counter-demonstrators would come on the scene because of the “Querdenker”, says the head of the protective police, Carsten Höfler. “We expect that.” The leftists would suspect many representatives of right-wing ideas in the ranks of the Querdenker. “We will have to keep the demonstrators apart,” Höfler said. That would serve not only to avoid confrontations, but also to protect against infection in times of high pandemic. Police want to have to intervene as little as possible in the demos so that too many people don’t get too close together. “That happens automatically when we intervene, people back away,” Höfler explains. The police hope for a peaceful course. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 1)

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Clear the way for bikes – city of Böblingen  bans cars over Easter

Böblingen – The announcement came on Monday directly from the Stuttgart Ministry of Transport: Böblingen will be part of a model project “car-free city”, which the state government initiated some time ago. From Good Friday up to and including Easter Monday, the city will be completely closed to cars. The exceptions are cabs, police cars, fire trucks and emergency vehicles; although the city government believes that fewer rescue trips will be necessary because the number of car accidents will be reduced by the automotive Easter rest.  It’s not just about the Easter holiday alone. The long-term goal is to make the entire city car-free, as the bylaws of the model trial call for. “We’ll use the experience that we will gain this Easter weekend,” says city transportation planner Adeleit Planke, “to inform our concept of a completely car-free city.”  The project is subsidized to the tune of around 400,000 Euros, which mainly includes free public transport tickets for citizens, as well as the signs that the public order office has been putting up on inner-city streets since this morning. Lord Mayor Stefan Belz is sure that he is doing the citizens of Böblingen a big favor: “Sure, in a city dominated by traffic, you need a car, everyone wants to get away.” If Böblingen becomes car-free, people will stay in the city and promote not only local business but also social cohesion, says the mayor.  “Don’t fly to “Ballermann” (party place in Mallorca-Spain), but go ballistic in Böblingen. He hopes that people will finally be able to party properly in car-free Böblingen once the Corona restrictions have been lifted. (BB.heute.de, April 1)


Weather in Baden-Württemberg – Sunny and cooler over the Easter holidays

Stuttgart – Before Easter, there will be lots of sunshine and early summer temperatures in Baden-Württemberg. The highs are between 19 degrees in the Black Forest and 26 degrees on the Upper Rhine, as reported by the German Weather Service (DWD). The risk of thunderstorms remains low, only in the south there may be isolated showers in the afternoon and evening. Due to the high temperatures of recent days, there is locally a high risk of forest fires in the west and north. Good Friday will be clear to cloudy, south of the Danube individual showers are possible. On the Alb, 12 degrees will be reached, on the High Rhine 20 degrees. On Saturday, according to the forecast, it will remain clear and dry in the west, in the east there will be clouds and isolated raindrops. It will be cooler with a maximum of 7 degrees on the Alb and 14 degrees in the Upper Rhine Graben. On Easter Sunday, there will be plenty of sun for all of Baden-Württemberg. The highs will be between 8 and 16 degrees.   (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 1)