Local news translated – Friday, June 11, 2021

Daily Host Nation Update, June 11, 2021

Work place and Corona vaccination – Can employers force vaccination? 

Stuttgart – Since Monday, vaccination campaigns have started in various (German) companies. Nevertheless, many employees and employers are currently asking a number of legal questions. Here’s an overview.

Can the employer force the employee to get the Corona vaccination? The legislation of the German government has intentionally refrained from making vaccination mandatory. Therefore, employers are not authorized to order vaccinations for their employees; not even with the help of a company’s agreement. Exceptions are only conceivable in individual cases, for example in the medical/nursing field, but according to the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) this is not the case with the Corona vaccination. Thus, the employer could also not take sanctions against those who are not vaccinated or do not plan to be. “The employer remains obligated under the employment contract to provide employment; with or without the employee being vaccinated. Vaccination. There must not be any discrimination between employer and employee in this regard.  Does the employer have the right to know the vaccination status? “In principle, the employer has no right to inquire about vaccination status; unless there is a legal basis for doing so. This may be the case in some medical/nursing professions, where infection risks must be ruled out. Accordingly, the employee also does not have the obligation to inform about his vaccination. As a rule, the processing of corresponding health data is only permissible if the persons concerned have given their prior voluntary consent, however, this must not be linked to operational advantages or disadvantages.

Who is liable for vaccine injuries? Covid-19 vaccinations at workplaces are part of a government vaccination campaign and are explicitly not considered company-initiated. Therefore, companies are generally not liable. The company physician is liable for manual errors and is responsible for providing proper information; for example, when Astrazeneca is vaccinated to people under 60 years of age. In principle, the Government is liable for damage to health caused by the vaccine. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 11)

Outdoor pools in Baden-Württemberg – Here you can go swimming without a test

Up to 30 °C and mostly blue skies to boot – perfect for a visit to the outdoor swimming pool. If you want to go swimming and relax on the sunbathing areas, you can now do so without a test in many outdoor pools in the region. Outdoor pools and swimming lakes were already allowed to welcome visitors again with the 1st opening step in Baden-Württemberg. Now, some counties have reached a consistent incidence below 35, so the testing requirement no longer applies. However, AHA rules and access restrictions still apply. Outdoor pools in Baden-Württemberg are authorized to admit one person per 10 m² of space. In many pools, you can therefore buy tickets in advance so that there’s nothing to hinder you from your visit. 

At these locations, you don’t need at test for outdoor pools:

Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Baden, Böblingen, Bodenseekreis, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Calw, Emmendingen, Esslingen, Freiburg, Goeppingen,Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Hohenlohe District, Karlsruhe’, Constance, Lörrach, Main-Tauber district, Mannheim, Neckar-Odenwald district, Ortenau district, Rastatt, Rems-Murr district, Reutlingen, Rhine-Neckar district, Sigmaringen, Tübingen, Waldshut.

(Editor’s note: Stuttgart district is not on the list, yet, for visiting without at test)

Please note that the infection rate and thus the list above can change daily. New counties may be added as well as some may be dropped again. It is best to inform yourself directly on the pages of the district administrations. In addition to an incidence value of less than 35 for at least 5 days, it is also important that the authorities make an official announcement before the testing requirement is dropped. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 11)

Non-Corona related news:  

Locations where people can watch the European Soccer Championship

Stuttgart – The European Soccer Championship will start tonight. The first match of the tournament (Italy against Turkey) will take place at 9 p.m. Stuttgart’s restaurateurs are also gearing up. However, due to the corona pandemic, viewing in the restaurants cannot happen the usual form. Nevertheless, the people of Stuttgart do not have to do without public broadcasts of the match altogether. In the city’s large beer gardens and pubs, the games will be broadcast almost everywhere – “in a scaled-down version,” as many innkeepers report. At locations where large screens were usually placed, many have switched to televisions this year. One exception is the beer garden in the Schlossgarten. Here you can follow the games on the screen. “We keep the distances and at the same time allow an almost normal viewing,” reports an employee.

Two TV sets will be set up in the direction of Schlossplatz,”. Guests will also be able to watch the games on TV at Wirtshaus Lautenschlager. “We’re only putting up TVs and not a screen this year,” says an employee. The distances between the tables would still have to be maintained. So despite the restrictions, the European Championship remains an important topic among restaurateurs. So far, no one we have contacted wants to do without the broadcasts. Soccer matches will also be shown at Amici and Mezzogiorno, as well as at Voglia di Pizza – just like at Hallo Emil in Untertürkheim. The Maulwurf pub in Stuttgart-Vaihingen will not be opening specially for all the games this year, but will only broadcast the matches that take place during its opening hours. All games, on the other hand, will be shown in the Schwabengarten beer garden in Leinfelden. Ackermanns and Schönbuch Brauerei as well as Nesenbach in Doroteenquartier will also be showing the European soccer championship matches. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 11)

Observation tower in the Black Forest – “Himmelsglück” opens next Friday

Schömberg – Almost 15 months after construction began, visitors should be able to enjoy the view over the northern Black Forest from the 55-meter-high Himmelsglück observation tower starting next Friday (2 p.m.). Then the municipality of Schömberg wants to open the wooden construction, which is the highest observation tower of this type in Germany. Because of the Corona situation in the district of Calw, it had long been unclear when people would be allowed to climb the 300 steps. A panoramic elevator allows barrier-free access. Because of Corona, protective measures apply, according to Friday’s announcement. The top platform is located at a height of 50 meters. Tickets cost 7.50 euros for adults and 6 euros for children ages 6 to 14. Construction cost about 3.8 million euros, according to the head of Tourism & Kur, Marina Moser. More than 1.2 million euros of that came from the state of Baden-Württemberg’s tourism infrastructure program. Next spring, a so-called “fly-line” of 500 meters and a “flying fox” facility about 600 meters long are scheduled to open, where people can float down in a seat harness or hanging upside down from a steel cable.

The tower is not the only high-altitude attraction in the area. In 2014, the Black Forest Tree Top Trail was built on the Sommerberg near Bad Wildbad in the Calw district. From the 40-meter-high observation tower, visitors can see as far as the Swiss Alps and return to the ground in a 55-meter-long tunnel slide. It has reportedly been open again since June 7. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 11)

Incident in Steinenbronn (BB district) – Unidentified male approached children

Steinenbronn – At around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, a still unidentified older man allegedly approached two children in front of a stationery store in Steinenbronn (Böblingen district) and offered them a ride home. After the eight-year-old girl and her friend of the same age had denied this, he probably said “but you come along now.” The children refused, however. Thereupon, according to the police, the unknown man presumably got into a small light blue car with Böblingen registration (BB) and drove away. The man is presumably 60 years old, has a strong build, brown/gray hair, bad teeth and a stubbly beard. In addition, he is said to have worn a brown coat. Witnesses who observed the incident or can provide information about the unknown man, please contact the police station Waldenbuch, phone (07157) 52699-0.