HN Update, September 14, 2021
Baden-Württemberg – Stricter Corona rules likely to apply as of Thursday
Stuttgart – Stricter Corona measures are to come into effect in Baden-Württemberg starting Thursday. This was announced by Health Minister Manfred Lucha (Greens) in Stuttgart on Tuesday. He said the revised Corona ordinance had already been coordinated in the department and that he thinks it could come into effect as soon as Thursday, Lucha said. The State will implement a multi-level warning system that depends on the occupancy of the intensive care beds. A first so-called warning level is to apply Statewide as soon as 250 intensive care beds are occupied by COVID 19 patients; or 8 out of 100,000 residents have been admitted to a hospital with Corona symptoms within seven days. Then, for example, unvaccinated people would only have access to certain public areas with a negative PCR test.
In a second step, the 2G rule (vaccinated and recovered) will apply nationwide in the future as soon as 390 COVID patients are treated in intensive care units or the so-called hospitalization incidence is 12. Then, among other things, the unvaccinated would no longer have access to restaurants, cultural and sporting events.
This is not a punitive action, but has epidemiological reasons, emphasized Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens). He wants to specifically address opponents of vaccination in a podcast this week. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 14)
Non-Corona related news:
Verdi in Baden-Württemberg – Trade Union calls for warning strikes again
Stuttgart – In the collective bargaining dispute in the retail sector in Baden-Württemberg, the trade union Verdi has again called for warning strikes. On Tuesday, certain chain stores in the greater Stuttgart area will be affected, the union announced on Monday evening. This Thursday, the fourth round of negotiations in the industry’s wage dispute is planned in Korntal-Münchingen (Ludwigsburg district). In recent weeks and months, there had been repeated warning strikes. The employees’ protest is directed against the employer’s offer, which provides for a total of 5.4 percent more pay for 36 months. The union is demanding a 4.5 percent wage increase for a period of one year and a supplement of 45 euros per month, as well as a minimum wage of 12.50 euros per hour. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 14)
Autobahn A8 near Sindelfingen forest – Police conducts checks for drugs
Sindelfingen – The police have recently targeted the issue of “drugs in road traffic”. On the past Mondays (September 6 and 13), officers from various police stations of the Ludwigsburg police headquarters checked road users in the area of the “Sindelfinger Wald” service area. Both checks took place in the afternoon. As reported by the police, a total of 155 vehicles and 188 people were checked on the two days. With five persons the police had the suspicion that they sat under the influence of narcotics at the wheel of their cars. In three of these cases, the officers actually found narcotics – including THC, amphetamines and, in one case, cannabis flowers – when they searched the vehicles. The police initiated preliminary proceedings for violation of the Narcotics Act.
In addition, the officers found unauthorized modifications on three cars and one motorcycle: tinted windows, unauthorized side mirrors or an unauthorized wheel-tire combination. According to a police spokeswoman, the latter resulted in the tires rubbing against the wheel arch when they were hit. These changes led to the expiration of the operating license. Also, the officers registered eight seat belt violations and one “cell phone violation.” In addition, three vehicles had defective brakes and one person was driving without a valid driver’s license. Violations against load securing were also reported. On the spot, the officers also checked 296 documents for authenticity. (Stuttgarer Nachrichten, Sep 14)