Local news translated – Oct 28, 2020

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs – Local news translated – Oct 28, 2020

November will see increased restrictions across Germany

Chancellor Merkel and the prime ministers of the German states released a draft resolution which outlines a far-reaching lockdown scheduled to start November 2 and go until the end of the month. After two weeks, the federal and state governments want to assess the effect of the measures. The goal: a reduction in the 7-day incidence to less than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants to ensure that infected persons are tracked by the health authorities. The aim of the federal and state governments is to “quickly interrupt the infection dynamics so that no far-reaching restrictions are necessary during the Christmas season….Families and friends should also be able to meet under corona conditions during the Christmas season. This requires a joint effort now, as in spring,” said Merkel.

Hotel closures

Tourist overnight stays in Germany will be prohibited for the month of November. According to this, overnight accommodation should only be made if absolutely necessary. People should avoid travels and visits with relatives.

Bars and restaurants

Catering establishments such as bars, clubs, discotheques, pubs and similar establishments are to be closed – except for delivery and food “to go” for consumption at home.

Leisure facilities

Theaters, operas and concert halls are to close. The regulation also affects leisure and amateur sports activities on and in all public and private sports facilities, swimming and fun pools as well as in fitness studios and similar facilities. Trade fairs, cinemas, amusement parks, brothels and amusement arcades are also to close. 

Schools and daycare centers to remain open

Schools and daycare centers will need to implement further protective measures to remain open.

Retail and businesses to remain open

Businesses are to remain open, subject to conditions on hygiene, access control, and the avoidance of queues. Exceptions are beauty/cosmetic salons, massage parlors, and tattoo studios. These will all be closed for the three and a half weeks in November. Barbershops and Hairdressing salons, can remain open under the existing hygiene regulations. Also medically necessary treatments such as physiotherapy should continue to be possible.

Indoor/Outdoor Groups and Gatherings

Groups and gatherings both indoors and outside are restricted to two households only.

Violators will be fined by authorities. (WELT.de, Oct 28 & Stuttgarter Zeitung, Oct 28)

Corona outbreak in hospitals’ launderette facility

A corona outbreak in the launderette facility in Ludwigsburg is causing problems for several hospitals in the region. Last Friday, the unit was closed, affecting 23 employees. The laundry facility in Ludwigsburg is critical, as it supplies eight hospitals. In addition to the five locations in the Ludwigsburg district (Ludwigsburg, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Vaihingen/Enz, Marbach/Neckar and Markgröningen), the holding also operates two clinics in the Enz district (Mühlacker and Neuenbürg) and in the Karlsruhe district (Bretten and Bruchsal). Even in normal times, launderettes are essential for the operation of the hospitals, as proper hygiene is paramount in the care of the sick. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 28)

NonCorona-related news

Burning truck brings traffic to a stop on the A8

The A8 (direction Munich) was closed on Tuesday from 8.30 a.m. until shortly after 11 a.m. after a bitumen trailer caught on fire between the Stuttgart Airport and Esslingen junctions. Probably due to a technical defect, the liquefied bitumen in the trailer caught fire. The truck driver stopped and uncoupled the trailer from the towing vehicle. In the meantime, a column of smoke could be seen over a long distance. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire quickly, but not before traffic had significantly backed up. The damage to property is estimated at around 45,000 Euros. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 28)