Local news translated – Oct 13, 2020

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs – Local news translated – Oct 13, 2020

New Corona measures in Stuttgart

The seven-day value in Stuttgart on Sunday reached 55.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. The city is now planning a series of restrictions against the spread of the virus. The tightened measures will apply starting Wednesday, Oct 14 until November 1. The tighter measures will require the obligation to wear masks within the City Ring, as well as a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in popular entertainment areas on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (see location listing below). In addition, masks will be required in all secondary schools in Stuttgart – both for teachers and students, and for teachers in elementary schools. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 13)

A listing of locations where the alcohol ban applies

No alcoholic beverages are authorized to be consumed in the following squares, streets, paths and facilities on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m: Wilhelmsplatz in Stuttgart Mitte, Feuersee and the surrounding streets, Weißenburgpark, Marienplatz, Erwin-Schoettle-Platz, Karlshöhe, Bismarckplatz, Berliner Platz including the Bosch-Areal, Stadtgarten, Pariser Platz, Mailänder Platz, Höhenpark Killesberg, Parkanlage Villa Berg, Wilhelmsplatz in Bad Cannstatt, Bahnhofsvorplatz Bad Cannstatt between Bahnhofstraße and station building, Kurpark Bad Cannstatt, Wilhelm-Geiger-Platz in Feuerbach. Furthermore, on the above-mentioned days, no alcoholic beverages may be sold in restaurants for consumption across the street in the so-called Gassenschank from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. of the following day. The same applies to other points of sale such as supermarkets.

Police controls and procedures

The police will carry out spot checks and intensify their inspections in the areas with the masks obligation and alcohol ban apply. Police will handle the new controls the same way as they have been handling the existing controls on public transportation. First they will address people and clarify the rules as an instructive conversation. If their attempts to correct the situation are ignore, then offenders will be taken to task and reported. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 13)

Travel restrictions within Germany prove controversial

BERLIN – Citizens are being urged to avoid “unnecessary travel to and from areas” that exceed the limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. Additionally, a very unpopular ban on accommodation in hotels and vacation apartments without a negative corona test applies. On Wednesday, Oct 14, the next round of discussion with Federal and State ministers on the topic of corona will take place. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of government of the 16 Federal States will discuss existing and future policies. As more and more large cities and districts are being classified as risk areas, many citizens will be unable to take vacations they have already booked for the autumn holidays, as so many Corona tests will hardly available in the short time needed. It is controversial amongst policymakers whether domestic travel within Germany contributes significantly to the spread of the corona virus; for example does a family from Stuttgart, who rents a vacation home in Schleswig-Holstein and pays attention to the hygiene and distance rules, pose a greater corona risk on vacation than at home? (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 13)

Böblingen district exceeds critical infection numbers

Böblingen – After the districts of Esslingen, Mannheim and Stuttgart, the district of Böblingen has now also exceeded a critical mark of infections. “I appeal to all of you to act responsibly,” said District Administrator Roland Bernhard in a press release. With an incidence value of 35, the district of Böblingen has now restricted private parties to 50 persons. If the incident value reaches 50 (which is predicted based on current numbers), groups will be limited to 25 in public spaces or 10 in private. As with other hotspots, masks will be required in all public spaces (indoor and outdoor). In the four clinics within the district of Böblingen, there are currently 12 people hospitalized with corona, and 4 of them are on respirators. (BB Kreiszeitung, October 13)

Non-Corona related news:

A wrong-way driver snaps

SINDELFINGEN – Police had to close the A 81 in both directions for an hour late Monday night when a 35-year old started driving on the wrong side near Sindelfingen in the direction of Singen. The 35-year-old is said to have caused several minor accidents, threatened a truck driver with a gun, before fleeing on foot, and eventually apprehended by authorities. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 13)