Local news translated – Monday, August 1, 2022

Host Nation Update, August 1, 2022

Enjoy Esslingen’s “ESTIVAL”

The Estival on Esslingen’s market square is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week up to and including Aug. 10, and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Mondays to Fridays, there is a lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

As part of the accompanying program, national and international street artists will come to the market square, the arcades and the promenade on August 1 and 2. Juggling, magic, music and more will be offered. Daily guided tours in the medieval old town, in the vineyards and at Kessler Sekt round off the accompanying program, which runs through the entire Estival. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 1) 

Sindelfingen: Evening markets in August (Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. on August 5 and 19)

The City Marketing Sindelfingen e.V. (CMS) had immediately seized the opportunity to carry out actions in the city center again. The attempt was successful. Therefore, the CMS continues the event format “evening market” and organizes this summer in July and August no less than four of these markets. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., market booths with a wide range of products invite visitors to store and linger on the market square. (BB.heute.de, Aug 1) 

Stuttgart S-Bahn Tunnel Closure

Modernization work to close Stuttgart S-Bahn tunnel until mid-September

The adjusted S-Bahn network during the closure period, with details and instructions translated into English. (Graphic courtesy VVS, translations by USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs)

Statewide COVID Update

The B-W State Health Authority (LGA) reported that as of 29 Jul 2022, B-W had a hospitalization 7-D-I of 5.4 (-0.1), there were 151 (-8) COVID-19 patients in ICUs, and COVID-19 patients in B-W occupied 7.1% (-0.5) of the total operational ICU beds. RKI reported those numbers Germany-wide at 7.43, 1,550 (-37), and 7.3%, respectively. As of 29 JUL 2022, B-W had 10,026 new cases, 20 additional deaths, and about 321,001 active cases. Four of B-W’s 44 counties had 7-D-Is under 500, including Calw (492.0), Ludwigsburg (415.4), and Stuttgart (444.2). Forty counties had 7-D-Is over 500, including Böblingen (671.4), Esslingen (744.0), and Tübingen (642.5). There were no counties over 1,000. The overall 7-D-I rate in B-W was 645.9 (-35.0), above the national 7-D-I average of 607.0. The estimated reproduction rate in B-W was 0.92. In B-W, as of 29 JUL 2022, 8,399,523 (+157 / 75.7%) people had received an initial vaccination, 8,265,617 (+225 / 74.4%) were fully vaccinated, and 7,336,018 (+6,933 / 66.0%) had received booster vaccinations. (B-W/RKI, Aug 1)

Changes in COVID Regulations for France and Austria

Beginning today, 1 Aug 22, France has rescinded its coronavirus measures, although the possibility that travelers could be required to test for the virus at the border remains. Separately, Austria’s mandatory quarantine regulation expires today. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic are permitted to leave their homes, although they must wear an FFP2 mask when at work and when they cannot maintain a distance of two meters from other people. (SWR, Aug 1)