Local news translated – Thurs, Sep 9, 2021

Local news translated – Thursday, Sep. 9, 2021

2G rule in Baden-Württemberg – State government introduces strictest corona rules nationwide
In Baden-Württemberg, the 2G rule will apply as of Monday if too many corona patients occupy beds in intensive care units. (2G: only vaccinated or recovered have access).  According to the report, if too many Corona patients are in intensive care units in the southwest, the unvaccinated will be excluded from public life. This means that the Baden-Württemberg government is introducing what is currently the strictest Corona rules nationwide. Baden-Württemberg is introducing the 2G rule on a mandatory basis if more than 300 intensive care beds are occupied statewide.  Exceptions are access to basic supply stores, such as supermarkets or gas stations.  

So far, the 2G rule has only applied in Hamburg; there, however only for restaurants, events and hotels, and it is optional for the respective host; as they can freely decide whether to allow only vaccinated or recovered persons access to indoor areas. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 9).

Non-Corona related news:

JSEC fully operational – NATO command in Ulm takes off
Ulm – NATO’s new Support and Mobility Command in Ulm declared full operational readiness on Wednesday.

Its military commander-in-chief, U.S. General Tod Wolters, said during an opening ceremony Wednesday, that the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) significantly strengthens the alliance’s freedom of action. A month and a half ago, NATO put into full operation a similar command in Norfolk, Virginia, for the alliance’s North American territory. The alliance has never had a similar facility in its history.  The JSEC, which was set up 2018 in Ulm, is intended to enable NATO to rapidly deploy, reinforce and support its own forces across the Atlantic and within the European Alliance area across national borders.

This mission explicitly covers the entire area of operations on land and sea, in the air, in space and on the Internet. According to NATO, the JSEC currently comprises a good 200 military and civilian personnel from 18 of the 30 NATO states. By the end of the year, the number is expected to reach 300.  Thomas Silberhorn (CSU), parliamentary state secretary in the Defense Ministry, said, “This command strengthens the European pillar of NATO.” French NATO General Brice Houdet stressed that the command could also be used for EU military tasks and thanked Germany for its political, financial and personnel support. The German commander of the JSEC, Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe, said NATO had strengthened its logistics “because it has been seen that deterrence is only credible with a functioning supply of reinforcement forces.”  The operation of this new operational NATO command headquarters reinforces Germany’s growing role as the alliance’s hub. U.S. forces’ major annual Defender-Europe redeployment exercises regularly pass over German territory. Many NATO partners use Bundeswehr and U.S. military training facilities in Germany.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 9)

Events on Stuttgart Schlossplatz
Together with Pro Stuttgart e.V., the city of Stuttgaqrt has put together a truly diverse offering to make Kleiner Schlossplatz attractive to a diverse audience, even in the evening hours. In addition, the event program “Eine Kleine Abendmusik” (“A Little Evening Music”) by the Popbüro Stuttgart provides cultural entertainment on the Kleiner Schlossplatz. The city administration wants to promote good spirits and various offers for everyone! (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 9)

Reminder: Böblingen: Only one lane on Stuttgarter Straße
Böblingen. In Stuttgarter Straße, there is ongoing surfacing and marking work. For this purpose, the outbound lane (Towards Panzer) has to be closed from Thursday, September 9, until probably Monday, September 13. A detour via Zeppelinstraße – Bunsenstraße – Panzerstraße will be signposted. The lane leading into the city as well as the left turn lane into Silberweg will not be affected by the closure. Safe passage for pedestrians is guaranteed at all times.  (BB.heute.de, Sep 9)