Local news translated – Thur Aug 5, 2021

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State of BW wants to remove incidence rate from corona regulation
Stuttgart – In the Ministry of Social Affairs of Baden-Württemberg, which is in charge of the Corona control,  are seriously considering to stop using the incidence value as a guideline for restrictions on everyday life from mid-September on. “My position is that we need a paradigm shift when everyone in the state will have received a vaccination offer as of September 15, From that point on, the state would no longer be able to impose restrictions on civil liberties on the double vaccinated with reference to the infection situation. Conversely, the unvaccinated would have to be prepared for restrictions, such as the obligation to take a rapid test when visiting restaurants, cultural or sporting events.  Stricter everyday restrictions still apply from an incidence of 35 in Baden-Württemberg. For example, birthday parties or weddings in closed rooms cannot  be celebrated with more than 50 people, regardless of whether vaccinated or recovered.  Currently, the statewide incidence is 14.8, and in some urban districts, such as Mannheim and Heilbronn, it is moving toward the 35 mark.(Stgt Nachrichten Aug 4)

New COVID Incidence criteria will not make it easier
Stuttgart – For a long time, people have doubted whether the 7-day incidence of newly infected people is the right basis for corona restrictions. If Social Minister Manfred Lucha has his way, it should be dropped as a criteria. It is to be expected that several additional criteria will then take the place of the seven-day incidence to justify any restrictions.  The number of deaths, the number of admissions to hospital and intensive care units are being discussed as factors, as well as the number of sick leaves and laboratory reports.  A mix of criteria is undoubtedly more accurate and will do more justice to the situation. However, it does not make things any easier. Discussions are likely to break out over the question of which factor is weighted how highly. Complicated formulas could become necessary.  Up to now, it has often been a problem for citizens not knowing which corona restrictions applied when and where. Uncertainty, however, hurts acceptance. New and possibly multiple criteria do not make it easier to track restrictions. It will be a challenge to explain the new basis for decision-making, and to convince people to follow them. In the fight against the pandemic, it remains critical that restrictions, once enacted, are followed. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 5)

Coronavirus in Stuttgart – will pupils get vaccinated at school?
Stuttgart – Like many others, the CDU faction in the city council is worried that a fourth Corona wave could once again affect school operations in the fall. In view of rising infection numbers, the parliamentary group fears “that a fourth wave can probably no longer be prevented”. This will “particularly affect the unvaccinated,” So far, one sees “no clear strategy at the schools”. Since one fears that after the summer vacations “the aspired mask obligation and the application of self-tests alone will not be sufficient”, it asks also “whether at the beginning of the school year mobile vaccination actions for young people starting from 16 years at Stuttgart schools (including vocational schools) could be accomplished”.  Upon request, the administration has already commented on this. The result: “Vaccinations at general schools during regular school hours are not planned, because when vaccinating adolescents, it may be necessary for their legal guardians to accompany them,” explains city spokeswoman Jasmin Bühler. The previous and planned vaccination campaigns were aimed “at all those eligible for vaccination, especially families.” Vaccinations at vocational schools have “already been carried out.” The universities are also in contact with the city and with mobile vaccination teams about vaccination campaigns. To ensure “the safest possible start to school after the summer vacations, various measures are combined, including masks, ventilation, air filtration devices in rooms with insufficient ventilation, testing and staying at home in case of infections, and vaccinations.”  Vaccinations at schools outside of regular operations, such as those organized by the Parents’ Council, have taken place. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 5)

Non-Corona related news: 

Midsummer continues to hide
Stuttgart – It’s often a matter of feeling, especially when it comes to the weather. What is hot and sweaty for some people is quite pleasant for others. In order to classify the weather in a value-free way, there are measurements and statistics. However, even there, one rubs one’s eyes in amazement, especially with the Stuttgart values for July. For weeks, people have been waiting for a stable summer, unfortunately in vain. This was an uncomfortable and very wet month.    (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 5)

Stuttgart Airport CEO resigns at the end of the year
Stuttgart – The top management at Stuttgart Airport has to be rearranged. After all, Managing Director Arina Freitag (50) will be leaving at the end of the year after just four years and four months. She will start as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at TenneT Holding B.V., an energy company based in Arnhem (Netherlands), on January 1, 2022. Her colleague Walter Schoefer, gets another twelve months added before retirement.

He was supposed to retire at the end of January 2022, but will now get another twelve months on top of his retirement. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 4)

Böblingen: Talstraße fully closed as of Monday, Aug 9
Böblingen. The public utility company is laying a district heating pipeline in Talstraße For this, Talstraße between Calwer Straße and Karlstraße must be fully closed in several construction phases. The measure starts on Monday, August 9, and is expected to last until the end of October 2021. The intersection with “Kurze Straße” is also affected by the closure.  This is how the detour works: Access via Lyon-Sussmann-Strasse – Dr.-Richard-Bonz-Strasse to Karlstrasse. Access via Talstraße coming from Wolfgang-Brumme-Allee – the delivery for the Unterstadt area also runs via this road. The drive-through ban in the Talstraße / train station area will be lifted for the duration of the measure. – Exit via Karlstraße to Herrenberger Straße in all directions. (BB.heute.de, Aug 5)