Daily Host Nation Update, June 14, 2021
Corona situation continues to improve – incidence at 23.9
Stuttgart – The Corona infection incidence has further eased in the southwest. The so-called seven-day incidence fell on Sunday in Baden-Württemberg: in 23.9 people per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the State Health Office in Stuttgart, an infection was detected in the past seven days (as of Sunday: 16:00). The previous day, the statewide value had been 25.5, a week ago it was 29.4. Forty-two of forty-four regions in the southwest are below the 50 mark, the city of Karlsruhe even only at 7.0. The seven-day incidence, however, is highest in the city of Heilbronn with 64.8. This was the third day in a row that the value in the city was above the 50 mark. As of Tuesday, stricter regulations of the Corona state ordinance automatically come into effect there, according to a statement. For example, more restrictions on private meetings and events will apply again. 14.6 percent of the 2352 operable intensive care beds are currently vacant. Since the end of December, 138,087 cases with evidence of “variants of concern” have been reported to the state health department. These are viruses with mutations that have a higher risk of infection, such as those discovered in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7/Alpha) and South Africa (B.1.351/Beta). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 14)
How Stuttgart’s residents enjoy the summer temperatures
Stuttgart – The Schlossgarten, Königstraße and the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants around Schlossplatz are bustling on Saturday afternoon. Shopping is possible again without appointments and tests. However, a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is still required for visiting restaurants in Stuttgart, and queues are forming in front of the test centers. Many people are also drawn to outdoor pools, if they can still get a ticket. As is well known, swimmers have to book a time slot in advance, either from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends. At the Höhenfreibad Killesberg, too, both time slots were fully booked on Saturday and Sunday. At the entrance, security personnel check the so-called 3Gs: tested, vaccinated or recovered. Compared to the previous outdoor pool season, this means extra work, but also offers more security. In the swimmer’s pool, guests are only authorized to swim in one direction, but everything is in operation, including the diving tower. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 14)
No tests and lots of sun: big rush at the outdoor swimming pools in Boeblingen/Sindelfingen
Böblingen district – Finally summer, sun, outdoor pool weather. However, to make a spontaneous decision to visit pools is difficult during times of COVID. This is because the outdoor pools are only authorized to take in a very limited number of guests, and the highly desired time slots such as Saturday or Sunday afternoons are quickly booked up via online booking, regardless of whether they are in Böblingen, Sindelfingen or Holzgerlingen. However, even on weekends, there are some remaining tickets for the after work hours short time slot. And since the district of Böblingen has not required any test certificates for a few days now, the local pools are also attracting guests from out of Boeblingen areas. There has been some criticism in regards to the evening time slots at the Böblingen outdoor pool, as the time slot allocation during the evening hours are until 5 p.m, and then having to wait for the 6 to 7:30 p.m time slot is too late for some people on weekdays. In Sindelfingen, 1400 visitors are allowed in each of three time slots It was easy to see from the queues that formed at the entrance that the Sindelfingen outdoor pool. Since Thursday it no longer matters for visiting the outdoor pools in the district whether one is tested, vaccinated or recovered. “We are relieved that we no longer have to check for that.” (BB.heute.de, June 14)
Summer weekend in Stuttgart – Youth meeting at the Max-Eyth-See – Police did not break up meeting
Stuttgart – As a green recreational area in the city, the Max Eyth Lake has long been very popular. Its attractiveness may have increased with the recent restrictions in the city center and the closure of the open staircase at Schlossplatz. Repeatedly, there have been riots on the weekends, especially by young people, including on Saturday.
According to Stuttgart police, “several hundred” people were gathered on Saturday evening on the site between Mühlhausen and Hofen. However, not much happened. Two bodily injuries had been registered. And because of the massing one addressed “individual persons”, so a speaker. Further one did not intervene. Several patrol cars were on duty. However, the police did not break up the meeting. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 13)
Sindelfingen street festival cancelled – festival not until 2022
Sindelfingen. In view of the continuing positive development of incidences, numerous relaxations have again become possible in recent weeks; even for events for which strict hygiene regulations nevertheless continue to apply. For the International Street Festival, which had to be cancelled at the beginning of the year due to the pandemic-related planning uncertainties, the Sindelfingen city administration had initially considered a scaled-down version in the fall. After detailed discussion, however, the decision was made to cancel it altogether. First Mayor Christian Gangl: “We would have been only too happy to realize the street festival as a much-loved traditional event in a corona-compliant manner. However, this was exactly the sticking point: the necessary hygiene measures would have changed the sociable character of the festival too much, which is characterized by encounters of people from different cultures and nations, by closeness when eating and drinking together. This is what makes our popular street festival and we hope to be able to celebrate again next year as usual, with everything that goes with it.” Also in view of the burden on the associations, one decided with a heavy heart to do without a smaller version this year, it says in a press release of the city. All the more one is looking forward to the International Street Festival in 2022.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 14)
Non-Corona related news:
European Soccer Championship 2021
At the European Football Championship from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
Today the following teams will play:
Scotland against Czech at 3 p.m.
Poland against Slowakia at 6 p.m.
Spain against Sweden at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 15:
Hungary – Portugal at at 6 p.m.
France – Germany at 9 p.m.
(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 14)