Local news translated – Thursday, Mar 11, 2021

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

Daily Host Nation Update, Mar 11, 2021

RKI reports 14,356 new infections – significantly more than a week ago
The number of cases in Germany is on the rise: Health authorities have reported 14,356 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) – 2444 more than a week ago. The seven-day incidence is 69.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, up from 65.4 the previous day, and the RKI also registered 321 additional deaths. A total of 72,810 people in Germany have now died as a result of Covid 19 disease.(Robert Koch Institute, March 11)

Retail in the Stuttgart region
Since Monday of this week, the shopping rules in the region have had considerable differences. In Stuttgart and the districts of Ludwigsburg and Esslingen, customers are only allowed to shop in stores if they made an on-line appointment first, for example, for shoes, cell phones or the new Spring fashion. However, in the Böblingen district, things have looked much better. There, the seven-day incidence rate is still around 35 – significantly lower than elsewhere. For this reason, the downtown areas and shopping centers, DIY stores and furniture stores are busier than they have been since December.

“Our customers are very understanding, show particular discipline and adhere to the hygiene and protection measures,” says Claudia Seibert, spokeswoman for Ikea Germany. In Sindelfingen, she said, they currently limit the number of visitors to 800. To put that in perspective, at closing time on Tuesday, around 5 p.m., there were about 280 customers. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 10)

More than 250,000 Germans vaccinated in one day
In the middle of the week, for the first time, over 250,000 Corona vaccinations were given nationwide within one day, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Around 192,000 vaccine doses were for first-time vaccinations, 65,000 for second vaccinations. A total of 3.2 percent of Germany’s population has thus already been fully vaccinated. The vast majority of the population (93.1 percent) still has no vaccination protection two-and-a-half months after the start of vaccination.(Stern, March 11)

Non Corona News

Rewe throws products out of the assortment
Large brand-name manufacturers are raising prices to compensate for production losses caused by the Corona crisis. 

Negotiations between markets and manufacturers take place every fall. This year, however, they may come to the table earlier. Because Rewe is resisting this price increase with all its might. According to “Lebensmittel Zeitung”, Rewe customers will therefore soon be looking in vain for products from the “Kelloggs”, “Mars-Wrigley’s” and “Eckes-Granini” brands on the shelves and will have to buy them from another supermarket. 

Price negotiations are also underway with the brands Red Bull, Coca-Cola and Iglo – here, too, there is said to be a dispute between manufacturers and Rewe. However, according to “Lebensmittel Zeitung,” the dispute has not yet reached the point where products from these brands will be banned from the market. The outcome of the dispute over prices will become clear at the latest at the official negotiation talks in the fall. (Ntv, March 11)

A81 construction site Böblingen:
Preparations for the expansion of the A 81, especially for the temporary road next to the freeway, have begun. Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport inquired on site about the state of affairs and the cost development: at the last estimate at the beginning of the year, the 360 million euro project was still within budget. (BB.heute.de, Mar 11)

Böblingen:  2 hours free parking – New edition of the shopping tariff
According to the current Corona ordinance, retailers in Böblingen are allowed to reopen as long as the 7-day incidence in the district remains stable at below 50. From March 15, until initially June 30, motorists can again park for two hours free of charge. Free parking will be available from March 15 until the end of June in the parking garages: Kongresshalle/Ida-Ehre-Platz, Marktplatz, Schlossberg, Postplatz, Im Höfle and Hautana. (BB.heute.de, Mar 11)

Tui plans Mallorca launch soon
Mallorca is gradually easing its Corona measures. Germany’s Tui hopes to launch its first tours to the vacation island in early April. In the summer, the offer is to be expanded. For the time being, Tui has cancelled travel to the other Balearic Islands Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera and to most of mainland Spain until mid-April. Now there is to be a cautious opening, especially on Mallorca, for example with the launch of a Robinson Club and the first flights by Group airline Tuifly as early as the second half of March.

The offering is to be further expanded in the summer. Spain remains the largest market in terms of current bookings, Tui said, ahead of Greece, Turkey and Italy. However, Andryszak assumes that many holidaymakers will once again spend their vacations in Germany: “The trend toward vacations in one’s own country will continue in 2021.” The Baltic Sea coast and the East Frisian Islands will be in demand, as will the inland Black Forest, Bavarian Forest and Allgäu.(Ntv, March 10)

For additional host nation news, please visit the below English language websites:

https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/germany/s-1432
https://www.welt.de/english-news/