Host Nation Update, Friday, January 28, 2022
COVID status in Baden-Württemberg – Rules are relaxed – but incidence rises to over 1000
Stuttgart – In Baden-Württemberg, the new COVID regulation with relaxations in many areas of life comes into force this Friday – and this despite the fact that the seven-day incidence rose above 1000 for the first time on Thursday.
Nevertheless, the B-W state government is weakening access rules in restaurants, museums and indoor sports, for example. At major sporting and cultural events, slightly more visitors are allowed again. And there is also some relief for the unvaccinated with the return to alert level I.
The seven-day incidence continued to skyrocket Thursday, rising above 1,000 for the first time, but the high number of new infections per 100,000 residents within a week is not yet impacting hospitals and intensive care units in the southwest. Experts assume that the new Omicron virus variant is leading to the many new infections. However, Omicron is said to be much milder, which could explain the currently still stagnant numbers in the hospital wards. The threshold values for alert level II are currently still clearly below. Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 28
Here’s the current COVID rules:
- No testings at restaurants: vaccinated and recovered persons will no longer have to bring any additional test to the restaurant, and the curfew has been dropped
- Professional sports: Up to 6,000 visitors are authorized again to access stadiums at the normal alert level if the organizer applies the 2G-plus rule. If the organizers want to stick with the 2G rule, the upper limit is 3000 spectators.
- Culture: For concerts, 3000 visitors are authorized in enclosed spaces – under the condition that 2G plus is applied at the entrance. For 2G, the upper limit is 1500. For all events, no more than half of the capacity may be used. In museums and libraries, too, only 2G applies instead of 2G plus.
- Recreation: In the future, vaccinated and recovered persons will no longer have to present a test for tourist offers such as ski lifts, cable cars and bus tours. In recreational and club sports, 2G plus will no longer apply in indoor facilities.
- Retail: After the court has already overturned the 2G rule in retail, the state government is also returning to 3G in its ordinance, Unvaccinated can already go shopping again with a current test since the ruling on Tuesday.
- Curfew: Unvaccinated are now also allowed to leave the house again between 21.00 and 05.00. In the future, exit restrictions will only take effect when the incidence of 1500 is exceeded in a county
- Universities: Since Monday, even unvaccinated students with negative Corona tests can attend lectures and tutorials again. The VGH had already ruled in favor of a student last Friday. Now the 3G rule also comes officially.
- Clubs, discos and exhibition halls must remain closed because of increased risk of infection. Carnival parades,are also not authorized. In the future, FFP2 masks must be worn on buses and trains, as well. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 28)
NON-COVID related news:
Jazz Forum Aidlingen – Brazilian jazz in the castle cellar at Deufringen
Deufringen – The Jazzforum Aidlingen presents the Brazilian guitarist and trombonist Emiliano Sampaio with his Meretrio on February 20. The trio, founded in Sao Paulo in 2004, is the nucleus for Sampaio’s projects, which offer a broad stylistic spectrum up to large orchestral formations.
The evening at the Schlosskeller in Deufringen will feature music influenced by Sampaio’s Brazilian homeland, which can be heard on his album “Choros,” released in 2021. This recording was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award. But not only light-footed samba will be on the program. “Brazilian modern jazz” is what Sampaio calls his music. Together with Gustavo Boni (bass) and Luis André (drums), he embarks on a musical journey that is influenced not only by jazz but also by blues and rock, opening up the space for exciting improvisation.Sunday, February 20, beginning at 8 pm. Admission to the Schlosskeller Deufringen is at 7 pm.
Tickets can be obtained at www.jazzforumaidlingen.de or at the entrance. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 28)