Local news translated – Friday, March 4

Host Nation Update, Mar 4, 2022

Editor’s Note: Off-Post COVID rules are regularly updated and consolidated on the Stuttgart Citizen’s Local Coronavirus Rules Explained page.

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – No more contact information needed for clinic and nursing home visits
Stuttgart – Those who want to visit their relatives in a hospital or nursing home in Baden-Württemberg will no longer have to leave contact information, as the state government has adjusted the requirements. The new regulation applies as of Friday, March 4. 

Until now, visitors of clinics or retirement homes in the southwest had to provide their contact information for COVID tracking purposes. For visitors to restaurants or cafés, the obligation to provide contact details was dropped in mid-February.  

The health offices in the State have already been tracking only part of the infection chains since November 2021. Until recently, the offices focused primarily on larger outbreaks and infections in nursing homes and homes for the elderly. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 3)

NON-COVID related news: 

Russia-Ukraine war – Baden-Württemberg gears up for incoming refugees
Heidelberg – The Baden-Württemberg state government wants one thing above all: to make things as easy as possible for refugees from Ukraine. No matter how they entered, they are therefore always in the country legally. And, they have a free choice – they can stay privately with acquaintances and relatives,or turn to a municipality or come to one of the state’s five initial reception centers. 

There are currently about 40 people housed in the arrival center in Heidelberg, In total, there are about 130 people in the initial reception centers, but of course there is a large number of unreported cases,  In Heidelberg, it is mainly families with children and elderly people who have sought shelter. They are physically in good shape, said the head of the arrival center, Markus Rothfuß: “But they are angry, sad and unsettled – and it burdens everyone the most that they had to leave their husbands behind.” 

Those who are not fully vaccinated, and that’s about 70 percent, must first go into a ten-day quarantine. At the arrival center, they receive shelter, food, medical and, if necessary, psychological care and, above all, security.  The German government has already stressed that Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to stay in Germany indefinitely for the time being. What financial benefits these people will receive, on the other hand, is not yet entirely clear.

Everyone expects that next week the European Council will provide guidance. Then the Ukrainian refugees could receive the same cash benefits as asylum seekers and have a secure residence status. There would still be 1100 places in the Heidelberg arrival center.  The arrival center knows of 60 more who are already on their way to Heidelberg. However, most of them arrive without prior notification, so did a minibus last night. 600 of the 2,000 places are still available, and another 500 could be added in the short term if necessary. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 4)

Support for Ukraine – State of B-W lifts Sunday ban on aid trucks driving
Stuttgart – Trucks with aid supplies for Ukraine on board will be authorized to drive in Baden-Württemberg on Sundays and public holidays in the future.

The ban on trucks driving on Sundays and public holidays will be lifted for aid transports for the Ukrainian population. The regulation is effective immediately and is initially limited until the end of June.  In general, trucks weighing more than 7.5 tons are not allowed to travel on Sundays and public holidays between 0:00 am and 10:00 pm. In the southwest, there are initiatives in numerous cities that bring aid supplies to Ukraine for refugees and to support medical care. A week ago, Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine and thus also triggered a large movement of refugees, especially to neighboring countries in the west. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 4)

Demo against war in Ukraine – Peace demonstration of Fridays for Future in Stuttgart
Stuttgart – Groups around the world are responding to a call for help from the Ukrainian group of Fridays for Future. Also in Stuttgart the young activists, whose actual topic is the climatic protection, heard this.

The opening rally from 14 o’clock in the area of the Commerzbank is scheduled for about half an hour. Afterwards a demo procession starts. This will lead across the Planie along the New Castle into the Bolzstraße, from there across the Theodor-Heuss-Straße and the Rotebühlplatz, then it will go through the Eberhardstraße, Holzstraße and Dorotheenstraße back to the starting point. The demonstration is scheduled to last about an hour. 

On Friday, Fridays for Future will be back again – after the winter and Corona break, they will start their demos again for their central concern, climate protection – but this time they will link it very closely with the protest against the war in Ukraine. The crises cannot be seen in isolation, after all, Ukraine is also about fossil fuels. They will meet at 1 p.m. on Stuttgart’s market square. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 4)

Stuttgart – Action weeks against racism
Stuttgart – After two years in which the program was either completely cancelled due to COVID or only took place digitally on a small scale (2021), the organizers of the Stuttgart Action Weeks against Racism hope for a stronger response this time. Between March 14 and 27, around 90 events are planned in the state capital. In many German cities similar actions will take place, as well. They are all united by the date of March 21, which was proclaimed the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” by the United Nations in 1966.  (Stgt Nachrichten, Mar 4)

Solidarity with Ukraine – Churches invite to prayer for peace
Stuttgart – Joint action of the Stuttgart churches against the war in Ukraine: For this Sunday, March 6, they invite at 6 pm to an ecumenical prayer for peace in the Protestant collegiate church. It is according to the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” 

The service will be led by Prelate Gabriele Arnold and Collegiate Church Pastor Matthias Vosseler together with Catholic City Dean Christian Hermes, Greek Orthodox Archpriest Zacharias Batzakakis and the chairman of the Working Group of Christian Churches in Stuttgart, Pastor Hartmut Hilke. The Working Group of Christian Churches also includes members of Ukrainian descent.  

From the Ukrainian Catholic community in Stuttgart, as well as singers from the Ukrainian Catholic community will provide musical accompaniment to the service. Sergei Shkolarenko, an organist from Ukraine, will play the organ.

“Stiftskirche” (Collegiate Church) is located at Stiftstraße 12, Stuttgart.

You can reach the Stiftskirche by public transport as follows:

S1 to S6 – Stadtmitte stop or U5, U6, U7, U15, bus 42,44 – stop Schlossplatz

U1, U2, U4 – Rathaus (City Hall stop)

Parking for cars: Underground car park under Schillerplatz (entrance Dorotheenstraße) and underground car park Kronenstraße (approx. 100m in front of the main entrance to the collegiate church).   (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 4)

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