Local news translated – Fri, Oct 1, 2021

HN Update, October 1, 2021

Seven-day incidence in southwest declines slightly
The state health office in Stuttgart reported an infection rate of 82.5 on Thursday (as of 4 p.m.), down from 82.9 the day before.  The number of corona patients per 100,000 inhabitants admitted to a hospital within a week was 2.29, down from 2.3 previously. This so-called hospitalization incidence, along with the number of Covid 19 patients in intensive care, is crucial for possible stricter measures – especially for the unvaccinated.

The actual number of hospital admissions is usually higher than reported in the hospitalization incidence. Complete values are often not available for one to two weeks. The number of Corona patients in intensive care was reported to be 185.  The number of confirmed corona cases was 573 907, up 1 669 from the previous day. The number of deaths related to the virus increased by 4 to 10 683 now.  An initial alert level applies under the country’s current Corona ordinance once 250 intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients or 8 out of 100,000 residents have been hospitalized with Corona symptoms within seven days. Then, unvaccinated people need a negative PCR test for most public events. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 1)

When can masks be removed in Baden-Wuerttemberg ‘s schools
The Baden-Württemberg Teachers’ Association (VBE) does not think much of a hasty end to mandatory masks at schools. It is true that the association also considers the abolition of masks to be urgently indicated for pedagogical reasons, said chairman Gerhard Brand following a meeting of the state board. However, a well thought-out exit strategy is needed for this. “It must be clarified under what conditions the masks could be removed,” Brand said.  The teachers’ goal, he said, is “the greatest possible freedom with the greatest possible security.” However, the primary goal must be to ensure face-to-face instruction, he said.

Therefore, the quarantine rules would also have to be adapted. It is also conceivable that the mask may only be removed in the play ground, but that the obligation continues to exist in the meeting areas. 

The Stuttgart government spokesman Arne Braun had announced on Wednesday that the mask obligation in schools could end soon. Bavaria and Berlin have announced to lift the mask requirement beginning next week. The state of Saarland has already abolished the mask, as well as in Brandenburg, primary school pupils do not have to wear a mask.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 1)

Non-Corona related news: 

Fire at the Bus depot in Stuttgart – Fire department in action all night
In Stuttgart East, a fire broke out on Thursday evening at the bus depot on Ulmer Straße, according to police.

A large column of smoke could be seen over the area, near the Stuttgart gas boiler. 

The press officer of the Stuttgart Fire Department said that at least 20 buses were burning on the site. The fire department attended the scene with 150 emergency personnel and over 30 vehicles. According to information from the police, six people were slightly injured in the fire – two of them had to go to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The criminal investigation department is on the scene and Police investigation underway. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 1)

Tuebingen’s Lord Mayor Boris Palmer’s proposal – SUV drivers to pay more for parking in Tuebingen
Tübingen – The time of cheap parking for residents in Tübingen will soon be over. A change in the law has recently made it possible for municipalities to determine what they want to charge for parking spaces in their city centers.

The Tübingen city council followed the vote of the climate committee and decided by a majority on Thursday evening to raise the annual fee to 120 euros. Previously, as in all of Germany, only 30.60 euros were due. Residents who drive a large SUV, for example, which consequently requires more space, are to pay significantly more. The council agreed to a weight clause.

For cars with combustion engines weighing more than 1800 kilograms and for electric cars weighing more than 2000 kilograms, the fees are 180 euros. Because of the battery, electric vehicles are heavier, this disadvantage is taken into account.

Those who are recipients of a bonus card for social reasons will pay half the fee for a pass. An initially planned concession for electric cars failed due to legal hurdles.  Tübingen is the first city in Baden-Württemberg to take advantage of the opportunity to set its own parking fees, Palmer says, pleased with the new bylaws, which will take effect in January 2022.

The goal, he said, is to use the higher parking fees to expand public transportation and make it more affordable. “In fact, we have succeeded in taking a big step forward in implementing the climate protection program,” Palmer says after a long municipal council meeting. Tübingen wants to become climate neutral by 2030 and has put together a whole package of individual measures. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 1)