Local news translated – Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, Feb 17, 2021

Demonstration against Corona measures in Stuttgart – protests again with cars
Traffic obstructions expected again tonight in Stuttgart. The opponents of the Corona protection measures are calling for another demonstration. As in previous weeks, this will again take the form of a motorcade. The city and the organizers have agreed on a new route. The protesters will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the “Cannstatter Wasen” and start from there through Bad Cannstatt, the districts of Mühlhausen, Zuffenhausen and Feuerbach.

NOTE: some of the roads close to R.B (Zuffenhausen) may also be affected.

According to the city, the streets particularly affected are:  Augsburger Straße, Neckartalstraße, Mühlhäuser Straße, Aldinger Straße, Mönchfeldstraße, Rotweg, Stammheimer Straße, Schwieberdinger Straße as well as the B 295 Bludenzer Straße, Stuttgarter Straße and Tunnelstraße. The demo will end around 7:30 pm. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 17)

Corona pandemic in Baden-Württemberg – Seven-day incidence continues to decline
The seven-day incidence of new Corona infections continues to fall in Baden-Württemberg. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week was 43.7 on Tuesday (as of 4 p.m.), according to the state health office, down from 46.8 the day before and 48.4 on Sunday.  The number of total confirmed Corona infections climbed by 768 cases to 307,090, while deaths from or related to Sars-CoV-2 rose by 34 to 7814, with 283,750 formerly infected people considered recovered.  Meanwhile, 11 of the 44 urban and rural counties are below the 35 new infections per 100,000 population mark within a week. Fourteen counties have a seven-day incidence of more than 50, and two counties have an incidence of more than 100: Schwäbisch Hall County (119.9) and Hohenlohe County (113.6).  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 17)

Breuninger at the forefront of filing lawsuits
The retail company Breuninger wants to reopen its stores after many weeks of the Corona lockdown. To this end, the traditional company from Stuttgart has filed an emergency application with the Administrative Court in Mannheim. The application is expected to be decided this week.  “It’s good that Breuninger is going ahead,” said Christian Klemp, managing director of the Zinser fashion store in Tübingen. “We are a 143-year-old medium-sized company with seven locations that have always done well, but we are not being heard in Berlin,” Klemp complains. Tübingen’s mayor Boris Palmer (Greens) has clearly described the plight in a letter to German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU): Existences are at stake.  “We support the opening of the hairdresser stores and the action of the government to save livelihoods. 

However, it is imperative that we demand this immediately for the retail sector, where safety distances and hygiene concepts can be respected. We need a perspective, not a never-ending lockdown. We already had a functioning hygiene concept before the closure, and now FFP2 masks are being added,” says Klemp, who laments the abrupt change in relevant incidence values for store openings – once 50, now 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. “The incidence change is a cheek,” says Sabine Hagmann. The chief executive of the Baden-Württemberg trade association calls for a “binding opening perspective, otherwise next week the 35 will become a 20 and then a 10.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 17)

Non-Corona related news:

The sun comes out – Up to 18 degrees Celsius expected
After the icy temperatures of the past days, now the total opposite is expected in Stuttgart. In the coming days, spring-like temperatures of up to 18 degrees Celsius will be reached. “The winter weather is over,” says Marco Puckert, spokesman for the German Weather Service. Around 12 degrees Celsius are expected during the day on Wednesday, and temperatures will climb high to 15 degrees on Thursday. In addition, the German Weather Service expects a lot of sunshine over Stuttgart. Overnight from Thursday to Friday, some rain is expected, but already on Friday it will be sunny and dry again.

The weekend could awaken spring fever, as temperatures of up to 18 degrees Celsius are possible. “On Saturday and Sunday, the maximum sunshine is feasible,” says Puckert. That means up to eight hours of sunshine could accumulate during the day. One should not be deterred by the morning fog, which disappears quite quickly.  However, winter is not over yet. In March and April, the weather expert knows from experience that temperatures can still drop below zero. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 17)

Fewer complaints about aircraft noise – Currently more peace and quiet around Stuttgart Airport
The number of complaints about aircraft noise in the area of Stuttgart Airport fell by 31 percent in 2019, although in the same period, the year before the corona pandemic, the number of takeoffs and landings rose by 3.1 percent. This balance has now been drawn by the Stuttgart Regional Council (RP), which on Monday published the 2019 annual report of the noise protection officer for the airport, Stefan Köhler.

However, it is like a reminder of another world in air traffic. The aircraft noise report, which will be prepared for 2020, should then be about even much less noise problems. After all, air traffic literally collapsed in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. 16.9 percent of the complaints (In 2018: 30.5 percent) came from people of the Neuhausen/Fildern area.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 15)

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