Local news translated – Jan 11, 2021

Daily Host Nation Update January 11, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
Click here for details on how the Baden-Württemberg ordinance impacts the USAG Stuttgart community.

Baden-Württemberg last in line for Corona vaccinations

According to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday, 55,320 people have been vaccinated in Baden-Württemberg so far – this corresponds to a rate of 5.0 per 1000 inhabitants. In a nationwide comparison, this is third to last place, ahead of Thuringia and Saxony. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is at the top with 15.6; as the national average is 6.4 with a total of 532,878 vaccinated people. In Great Britain, for example, 200,000 people are vaccinated every day, according to the government.

The strategy is to administer 50 percent of the available vaccine and withhold the other half, according to Lucha’s ministry. That way, new vaccines can be supplied continuously, and everyone is also guaranteed the second vaccination. Other states would proceed in this way, administering all supplies for three weeks and then providing second vaccinations for another three weeks. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 11)

The new Corona rules for Baden-Württemberg:

The revised rules for the extended Corona lockdown in Baden-Württemberg come into force on January 11.

Gatherings

Private gatherings are now only allowed between members of one household and one additional person. Children of the two households up to and including the age of 14 will not be counted.

Schools and daycare centers

Daycare centers remain closed, distance learning is the order of the day at schools. Special rules for face-to-face classes for graduating classes are possible. Emergency childcare will also be set up. On Thursday, the government will decide whether daycare centers and elementary schools can open from January 18, given the Corona situation that will then prevail.

Shops/Retail stores

Stores for goods beyond everyday need, such as fashion stores, are now allowed to make “Click & Collect” offers in addition to deliveries. In this case, a customer can purchase goods online or by phone and then collect the merchandise at the store location.

Curfews

The curfews continue to apply. People are only allowed to leave the house with a “valid reason”. This could be going to work or a doctor’s appointment. During the day, which is from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. shopping and appointments are authorized. After 8 p.m. the list is smaller.

Corona rules apply on the ski and toboggan slope

The applicable Corona rules must also be observed on the Winterhalde ski and toboggan slope. “When the snow conditions are good, the Sindelfingen ski and toboggan slope is a popular destination and it can sometimes get crowded on the slope,” said Mayor Dr. Bernd Vöhringer. “It’s important to us that we can keep places like this open. With the infection situation still tense, we want to make sure that winter sports enthusiasts comply with the measures needed to contain the Corona virus and take care of each other. Therefore, we will keep a closer eye on the situation on the ground.” signs will also be posted on the slope indicating the regulations in force regarding contact numbers. (BB.heute.de, Jan 11)

Wild boars cause rear-end collision

Wild boars crossing the road were the cause of a rear-end collision on Sunday evening on the route from Hildrizhausen to Herrenberg. Both vehicles were coming from Hildrizhausen when a herd of wild boars crossed the road in a wooded area. The first car was able to brake in time so that there was no collision with the animals. The car behind it was unable to brake in time and crashed into the rear of the car in front. Both cars had to be towed away, but no one was injured. (BB.heute.de, Jan 11)

A81: At 203 km/h on the Autobahn

In the past few days, traffic police have carried out several speed monitoring measures for speed measurement. On Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 7,840 vehicles were monitored on the A81 freeway between the Rottenburg and Herrenberg junctions. 170 drivers exceeded the maximum speed limit. The fastest was traveling at 179 km/h with a permitted speed of 120 km/h. At a second measurement on Sunday between 8 and 13 o’clock 252 drivers were too fast on the same place. The “champion” was clocked at 203 km/h in a 120 km/h zone, which will result in at least a fine of 600 euros, two points, and three months’ suspension of his driver’s license. (BB.heute.de, Jan 11)