Host Nation Update, Mar 23, 2022
New COVID ordinance: no more 3G and mask requirements in BW as of April 3
After the transitional period expires on April 2, most COVID rules will probably finally fall in Baden-Württemberg. This decision was confirmed by Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) on Tuesday at the government press conference. “That will be the end of it,” Kretschmann said, referring to the period after April 2. “And only what is in the Infection Protection Act will apply.” Specifically, that would mean the elimination of both the indoor mask requirement and the 3G regulation; although, COVID numbers in Baden-Württemberg are currently at peak levels. However, after a corresponding decision in the federal government, the hands of the individual states are largely tied. Kretschmann and numerous other state premiers had sharply criticized this approach.
He also renewed his criticism on Tuesday. “Why the federal government is doing this is beyond me. From my point of view, there are no good and rational reasons for it,” he said, but at the same time also made clear: “The way he has done it now is quite clear: from that point on, the federal government takes responsibility for the pandemic. That responsibility no longer lies with the states.” To be sure, he said, he does not want to rule anything out in a pandemic, which continues to be the case. Nevertheless, the head of government does not believe that the hotspot rule could help maintain Corona rules across the board in Baden-Württemberg after April 2. He had never intended to declare the entire state a hotspot, Kretschmann assured. Hamburg also wants to continue mandatory mask use indoors beyond April 2. Bavaria left open for the time being how it will proceed with the Corona rules. (SWR, Mar 23, 2022)
Baden-Württemberg’s state parliament rejects any state-wide “hotspot” regulation
The state parliament will discontinue almost all COVID protection measures despite high infection figures. A large majority of Greens, CDU, FDP and AfD on Wednesday rejected the motion of the SPD party to declare the whole country a “hotspot”. Such a decision would have allowed measures such as mandatory masks and 3G access rules to be continued throughout April. The Greens and CDU no longer see a legal basis for a nationwide extension of the mask requirement and any access restrictions, which is the result of the new Infection Protection Act of the federal government. SPD faction leader Andreas Stoch wanted to declare the entire state as “hotspot” and accused Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) not exhausting the legal possibilities. He said the clinics were at breaking point, and normal operations were not possible even because of many staff infections. That is the requirement in federal law to act, he said. “We can declare the country a hotspot so we don’t have to drop all measures.” Other states, such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hamburg, are doing that now, he said. Green coalition leader Schwarz stated: “The hotspot regulation is not even worth the paper it’s written on.” The Greens would “closely monitor” the pandemic situation and they also reserved the right to become active again in the matter with the Green parliamentary group in the Bundestag. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 23)
NON-COVID related news:
Consequences of the Ukraine war -Kretschmann prepares Baden-Württemberg for hard times ahead
Because of the Ukraine war, Baden-Württemberg is facing hard times in the view of Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. “This war changes everything,” the head of government said in Stuttgart on Tuesday. He added that people need to mentally prepare themselves for the fact that life will no longer be the same in every respect. “No one can assume that life will just go on,” Kretschmann said. In addition to the tens of thousands of refugees expected, prices would rise, supply chains would be disrupted and the economy would be hugely challenged. The people, he said, were very solidary. On the other hand, they also understood that there could be serious cuts in their lives.
According to Kretschmann, he will comment on the consequences and possible burdens in a government statement in the state parliament on April 6. At the beginning of next month, he said, it would be clearer what decisions the individual areas of the state government would have to make first. Already in about 14 days, the first structural measures could probably be clearly named, Kretschmann said. “What this means for the individual sectors of society, how we prepare for it and what the population expects.”
Böblingen – Information event on urban redevelopment on March 30
The redevelopment of the Unterstadt continues to move forward. New projects are in the making. The mayor for Urban Construction of Böblingen, Christine Kraayvanger, invites everyone for Wednesday, March 30, together with representatives of developers city administration, and the city marketing to an information event about projects in the lower town. The event will be held outdoors at the Uhlandhof. The meeting place is at
7 p.m. in front of the building at Uhlandstrasse 8.
Kraayvanger will report on current developments. Afterwards, some developers will briefly explain their plans. There will also be an overview of the handling and logistics of the construction sites. There will also be space for questions to all involved. The 3G rule applies to the event. Masks are mandatory if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. (BB.heute.de, March 23)