Local news translated – Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

HN Update, Nov 18

Rising Coronavirus incidence numbers in Baden-Württemberg
Stuttgart – CDU federal deputy Thomas Strobl has accused the prospective government of having reacted far too late to the unchecked rise in Corona infection figures. Today, the Federal government and the state premiers discussing the current Corona situation, which is getting more and more out of hand – much too late in the view of the Baden-Württemberg politician. Strobl said that actually, as of this week, “2G” ordinance (vaccinated or recovered) must apply nationwide. “In addition, there will have to be areas where 2G plus applies – that is, vaccinated or recovered plus tested.” Stronger vaccination incentives are needed, he said, for first, second and third vaccinations.  He said it is unacceptable that there is still no requirement to provide employers with information about vaccination status. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Nov 18)

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Lockdown for unvaccinated in hotspots draws closer
Stuttgart – In Baden-Württemberg, due to the rapidly increasing Corona numbers, exit restrictions for unvaccinated people in particularly affected urban and rural districts are approaching. In the green-black governed state government is discussed whether this instrument must be used soon. According to the report, the state currently still has the legal option of ordering regional lockdowns. However, such corona restrictions could probably only remain in force until Dec. 15 at the latest, because the prospective political coalition partners SPD, Greens and FDP want to change the legal situation in the Federal government. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Nov 18)

Despite high corona numbers – Stuttgart Christmas market takes place – under strict conditions
Stuttgart – There were long discussions, but in the end the city of Stuttgart has now decided to allow the Christmas market to take place. At a press conference in the city hall, Lord Mayor Frank Nopper, Finance Mayor Thomas Fuhrmann and Andreas Kroll, managing director of the event company “in.Stuttgart,” announced that the opening of the market can continue. It will now take place from Wednesday, November 24 – but under much stricter conditions than previously planned.

In addition to the 2-G rule and the mask requirement, there is to be a 2-G plus rule for consumption. The area with the mulled wine and food booths will be fenced off and will have its own access. Overall, there will be fewer booths than previously planned, 190 instead of 280.

On Tuesday, Social Minister Manfred Lucha had once again pointed out: “With a consistent implementation of the 2-G rules, Christmas markets can be held.”  Karlsruhe is also sticking to its Christkindlesmarkt starting next Monday. With the alert level, the 2-G rule applies here as well. For the gastro areas with mulled wine, bratwurst and waffles, the organizers provide fences. The Christmas markets in Freiburg, Heidelberg and Constance on Lake Constance also start this Thursday.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Nov 18)