Local news translated – Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Corona rules in Baden-Württemberg – Emergency brake kicks in
As a result of rising infection figures, the incidence rate has long exceeded 100 in the vast majority of B-W districts, where the Corona “emergency brake” agreed by the federal and state governments at the beginning of March will take effect: retailers, museums and zoos will have to close again. The rules are even stricter for people in the Schwäbisch Hall and Mannheim districts where curfews curfews will apply. It is now possible that other districts will soon follow suit, at least with regard to nighttime curfews – either on their own initiative or under pressure from Stuttgart.  For now, everywhere, up to five people from two households are authorized to meet privately, not counting children.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 30)

Is the Tübingen model falling apart?
The Tübingen model project with corona rapid tests may have to be terminated early. The seven-day incidence in Tübingen has almost doubled in a short time: it rose from 35 to 66.7 from Thursday to Sunday. Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens) is nevertheless optimistic that the project, which was approved until April 18, can continue. “We are keeping an eye on it and re-evaluating the numbers every day,” Palmer says. “I’m not worried about it, the increase is more likely not due to shopping or going to the theater.” There is an increased incidence of infection in the state’s initial reception center, daycare centers and schools, he said.  Problematic, however, are those who party together outdoors in the city in the evening, he said. His conclusion: “It’s going well, except for a few from out of town who think they can party.” For this reason, he said, there will be no more serving of alcohol to go in the city center after 8 p.m., effective immediately.  Since March 16, people in Tübingen have been able to get tested free of charge at several stations. With the certificate of the result, they can then go to stores, to the hairdresser or even to theaters and museums.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 30)

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Kretschmann puts school opening after Easter vacations on hold for now
Stuttgart – Students, parents and teachers in the southwest must continue to be patient: Because of the rapidly rising infection figures, Minister President Winfried Kretschmann has put his plans for a return of all children and young people to schools after the Easter vacations on hold for time being. At a top-level meeting with student, parent and teacher associations on Monday, he did not yet specify when the planned alternating instruction for all could begin. Most recently, Kretschmann had announced that all students should return to school after the Easter vacations – but only on a rotating and tested basis. However, because of the rapid spread of the Corona mutant, which is also carried on by children and young people, these plans were slowed down again.  Since March 15, the elementary schools have been in regular session. The 5th and 6th grades have also returned, but can be taught at school on a rotating basis. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 30)

Non-Corona related news: 

Weekly markets during the week of Easter in Böblingen
The upcoming holidays around Easter bring shifts of the weekly markets in Böblingen: 

– The Wednesday market on Elbenplatz and Sömmerdaplatz will take place as usual on March 31.

– The farmers’ market on Elbenplatz will be brought forward from (Holy) Friday to Maundy Thursday, April 1.

– The weekly market on Sömmerdaplatz must unfortunately be cancelled without replacement due to the holiday (Good Friday) on April 2.

– The sale on the Tannenberg (in front of the daycare center Panoramastraße 54) on Thursday, April 1, as well as the weekly markets on the Pestalozzi schoolyard and the village square Dagersheim on Saturday, April 3, will take place as usual. (BB.heute, de March 30)

Autobahn A8 direction towards Stuttgart now reopen after truck fire on A8 near Pforzheim
Enzkreis/Pforzheim – After a truck caught on fire on Tuesday morning on the A8 near Pforzheim, the A8 in the direction of Stuttgart was closed due to extensive recovery work. 

According to police, the 27-year-old truck driver was traveling on the A8 in the direction of Stuttgart at around 7:40 a.m. when, shortly before the Pforzheim-West exit, he first noticed a loud bang coming from the engine compartment before smoke began to rise from it. The driver was still able to park the truck on the right-hand side of the road and leave the vehicle. By the time the fire departments from Pforzheim and Remchingen arrived, the cab was already enveloped in fire. The firefighters extinguished the fire, but the cab burned out completely. The truck’s load was also affected. Due to the recovery work and the cleaning of the roadway, the highway was fully closed in this area until approximately 2 p.m., according to police estimates. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 30)