Schools remain closed for now / Possible special regulations in Baden-Württemberg

In Germany, schools and day care centers are supposed to stay closed until February 14th. This was decided by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governors of the States after long discussions. This means: At all schools, from primary schools, to secondary schools and to vocational schools, there will continue to be no in-person class, but remote teaching. However, Baden-Württemberg is aiming for special regulations. A possible step by step opening of day care centers and primary schools could be possible again by February 1st, if the infection numbers allow it. The early opening will be decided during the last week… Read More

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Face masks in comparison

It is unclear, when the corona situation will go back to normal again. Consequently, face masks should continue to be worn for the safety of everyone. tünews informs here about the different types and the performance characteristics of face masks. FFP-masks (Filtering Face Pieces) These masks fit tightly and reliably protect the wearer from viruses. These protective masks filter even the smallest particles and aerosols out of the air. It is available in different versions. Masks with an exhalation valve offer a higher wearing-comfort. However, they only filter the inhaled air and don’t protect other people. Protective masks without the… Read More

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Caution in the forest: branches break, trees can fall

Currently, walkers should not go into the forest or should at least stay on the path and avoid closed areas. This was asked by the forestry office of the district of Tübingen. The reason is the very wet and heavy snow that has fallen so far. Due to the low temperatures, it is frozen to the branches of the trees. If too much heavy snow is lying on the branches or treetops, they break. Because of the heavy weight, even trees can fall over and strike walking people or bury them under it. This has already happened in the south… Read More

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Lockdown extended until February 14th

The corona restrictions have been extended. The lockdown is supposed to be in effect for an additional two weeks nationwide, until and including February 14th. This was decided by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governors of the States on Tuesday. For Baden-Württemberg this means: The shops, the restaurants and the leisure time centers, which have been closed so far, will remain closed. The curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. continues to apply. Contacts are supposed to remain limited. During a private get-together, one household can meet with only one other person from a different household, children who are 14… Read More

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Test required for entry

Travel to a high-risk corona area is still only permitted for compelling reasons. Anyone entering Germany from a risk area must first be quarantined for ten days as a matter of principle. As of January 11th, anyone entering the country must also be tested for the novel coronavirus. The test must be taken either 48 hours before entry or immediately after entry. There are exceptions, which can be found the country’s website. These include the so-called 24-hour rule: anyone who has been abroad for less than 24 hours and was not there for tourist purposes or shopping does not have… Read More

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Day care centers and primary schools to stay closed until February

In Baden-Württemberg, day care centers and primary schools will remain closed until at least the end of January. Class will be continued to be taught as it is currently. An emergency care will also continue to exist. This was declared by governor Winfried Kretschmann and the minister of culture Susanne Eisenmann during a joined press conference. Kretschmann justified this decision with the still high number of people infected with corona, the death toll and the new mutation of the virus. According to Kretschmann, day care centers and schools will open again in the beginning of February, if the development allows… Read More

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Corona test site switches to registration and allows free access for fever outpatient clinic

The Corona test site on the Tübingen fairground wants to shorten its waiting times. That’s why it is converting its operations – from “drive in” to a registration system. Appointments can be booked on the portal at www.terminland.de/abstrichstelle-fieberambulanz.tuebingen. Patients who have symptoms of a possible disease or have had contact with a person who has tested positive, for example, can contact the test site. The test site is open Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The fever outpatient clinic, on the other hand, handles patients who come in with a positive test result or have other symptoms… Read More

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Civilian deployment of the Bundeswehr

Soldiers are usually not very visible to the public in Germany. However, they are currently taking on various civilian tasks in Germany during the pandemic. What is the legal basis for this? When is the Bundeswehr allowed to take on tasks inside the country at all? In Germany, the tasks of the military and the police are strictly separated and laid down in the Basic Law. However, according to the Defense Ministry, Bundeswehr support for civilian authorities in the fight against COVID counts as administrative assistance. “All federal and state authorities shall render legal and administrative assistance to each other”… Read More

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Corona: Stricter regulations starting January 11th

Stricter lockdown regulations apply in Baden-Württemberg, starting January 11th. Then, only people who live in a closed living unit together can meet in public and private places. Only one other person, who lives in a different living unit, can join them. Children from both living units continue to not be counted in this number, if they are 14 years old or younger. If two households care for children together, they can continue to do so, however, they have to be “fixed”. When someone leaves their apartment, they have to have a good reason to do so. This is especially strict… Read More

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Contact regulations for children to be loosened

Baden-Württemberg deviates from the strict corona rules decided between the Federal Government and the states. Starting Monday, January 11th, there will be exceptions in the contact regulations for children under the age of 14. Originally, only one household could meet with only one other person from a different household from this day on. However, this is now being loosened to accommodate single parents or families with small children. Winfried Kretschmann, the governor of Baden-Württemberg, announced this on Friday in the state parliament. This means: One parent can accompany one or multiple children under the age of 14 to, for example,… Read More

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Schools to start distance learning from January 11th

On January 11th, the Christmas break will end. The lockdown also applies to schools; however, children and teenagers will have classes. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Baden-Württemberg has announced that there are concepts for every type of school. During the time the school is closed, students in primary schools will learn with the material their school provides. This can either be analog or digital. Students who are at least in grade 5 will receive distance teaching. If there is the necessary need to provide written evidence of their achievements, this can be done at school. Students in the graduating… Read More

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Schools remain closed / Private meetings with one person

The corona-lockdown is being extended and tightened until January 31st. This was decided by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the German states on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. This means that all day care centers and schools will remain closed after January 11th. Consequently, there will be no in-person learning. However, the goal is to open day care centers and primary schools by January 18th again. This was announced by the governor of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, on Tuesday evening. “The compatibility of family and career” as well as “the children’s well-being” are at the center of this. Starting January… Read More

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No fireworks or parties on New Year’s Eve

This year on December 31st (New Year’s Eve) in the district of Tübingen no fireworks will light the sky and no firecrackers will go off. Due to the Corona pandemic, it is largely prohibited in Baden-Württemberg to set off pyrotechnics in public areas. This is prescribed by the state’s new Corona ordinance. Fireworks and firecrackers cannot be purchased this year. Old fireworks and firecrackers from previous years should not be used either. They could be damaged and injure people. Private parties are also banned. In Baden-Württemberg, contact and curfew restrictions apply on New Year’s Eve. People should stay at home… Read More

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Corona-vaccination-center Tübingen: homepage about vaccination

On January 4th, 2021, the vaccination-center in Tübingen is supposed to start vaccinating against the corona-virus. As there is a shortage of the vaccine, only certain groups can get vaccinated for now. The vaccination-center is in the Paul-Horn-Arena. For information about it, the administrative district office Tübingen has launched a homepage. On it, there are information and documents to download. It also informs about who can get vaccinated at the moment. A video tour shows, which stations are required for a vaccination. In another video, Prof. Dr. Peter Kremsner, head of the Institute for Tropical Medicine at the teaching hospital… Read More

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Reachability of the refugee department

During Christmas time and the turn of the year, many municipal offices are closed. However, the specialized departments “Social Assistance” (“Soziale Hilfen”) and “Help for Refugees” (Hilfen für Geflüchtete”) of the city administration can be reached in emergencies from Monday, 28th December until Wednesday, 30th December, between 8.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Phone number Social Assistance: 07071 204-1805 Help for Refugees: 07071 204-1667 Additional opening times under www.tuebingen.de/corona-kontakt. tun122202 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 23.08.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  735 total views,  1 views today

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Corona-vaccinations supposed to start 2021

Vaccinating against the corona-virus will start in the new year in the district of Tübingen. The vaccination in the vaccination centers is free and voluntary. The order, in which the different groups of people will get vaccinated, has been known since Friday. In first place are people over 80 years of age and residents in care homes. The staff in these homes and from mobile nursing services, as well as employees in medical facilities with a great risk to themselves and their patients also have the highest priority. Additionally, a high vaccination priority have those who are over 70 years… Read More

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Free Corona quick tests

A Corona rapid test drive is offering free COVID-19 rapid tests in the district of Tübingen. Anyone who wants to visit people from risk groups can make sure they are not presently infected by taking a rapid test. The mobile doctor carries out the rapid tests on different days in Tübingen, Mössingen and Rottenburg. Anyone who wants to be tested must wear a mouth-nose covering and follow the distance rules. No registration is necessary for this. However, a quick test is not an alternative for the regular corona test. Anyone showing symptoms of Corona or who has had contact with… Read More

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FFP2-masks free of cost for risk groups

Around 27 million people in Germany were supposed to receive three FFP2-masks at the pharmacy for free, starting Tuesday, December 15th. Part of the risk group are people who are older than 60 years, women with a high-risk pregnancy and those with chronic and severe illnesses, such diabetes, cancer, asthma and cardiac insufficiency. This was decided in a decree by the Federal Ministry of Health. However, research conducted in Tübingen by tünews showed that pharmacies have not yet received the masks. They assume that they will probably be able to give out masks by December 18th. People can then pick… Read More

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Assistants for vaccination center wanted

In the beginning of 2021, the vaccination center will open in the Paul-Horn-Arena. For this, the district of Tübingen is still looking for staff who will take care of registration and documentation. The assistants should speak German well, enjoy contact with people, have computer knowledge and experience with administrative activities. Two shifts from Monday to Sunday are planned. One is from 6.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., the other one is from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The compensation is 18 Euros per hour. A part-time employment, with at least 30%, is also possible. Interested persons can find an application on… Read More

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More guests allowed on Christmas

In Germany, Christmas is a celebration of family. To be able to meet family during the holidays, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state governors have loosened the strict contact restrictions during this time. Between December 24th to 26th, people of a household can meet with four other people who belong to the closest family, plus any children under the age of 15. People belonging to the closest family are the host’s parents, partners, siblings, their children and people from those households. If close friends want to meet during Christmas, there can be a maximum of five people from two households.… Read More

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Tübingen city center mostly alcohol-free

The gastronomy is not allowed to give out alcoholic beverages during certain times in the city center of Tübingen. This also applies for take-aways and is valid on the coming weekends as well as the holidays. Moreover, nobody is allowed to consume self-brought alcohol on the Marktplatz and the Holzmarkt during Christmas, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. This was mandated by Tübingen’s mayor, Boris Palmer, and reported by the municipal press office. The serving of alcoholic beverages is forbidden during the Advent weekends, December 11th to 13th and 18th to 20th, from Friday, 12 p.m. to Sunday, 10… Read More

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Schools and daycare centers close on December 16th

School children and those going to daycare will have longer Christmas holidays. Schools and daycare centers will already close on Wednesday, December 16th. The only exception to this are the graduating classes. They will continue with distance learning. This was announced by Baden-Württemberg’s governor Winfried Kretschmann after the new nation- and statewide regulations were declared on Sunday. Schools and daycare centers are supposed to set up emergency care for children in daycare and students up to grade 7. However, the governor said that this emergency care should only be used by parents who have to go to work. If possible,… Read More

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Corona: New Year’s Eve only on a small scale

To protect against the further spread of the coronavirus, a ban on gatherings will be implemented nationwide for New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2020. A ban on fireworks in public places is also in effect. The sale of pyrotechnics before New Year’s Eve will be generally prohibited this year. These regulations were decided by the Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states during a conference call on December 13th, 2020. For Baden-Württemberg, the generally imposed curfew continues to apply (search bar: 121101). tun121302 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 01.12.2020 Latest… Read More

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Corona: Many stores will have to close as of December 16th, 2020

The German Chancellor and the heads of government of the German states agreed on a further tightening of existing Corona regulations during a conference call on December 13th, 2020. From Wednesday, December 16th, 2020, to January 10th, 2021, most retailers will have to close. Stores that sell groceries are exempt, as are drugstores and pharmacies. Also exempt are gas stations, garages for motor vehicles or bicycles, banks or post offices. Christmas trees may also be sold. As of December 16th, hairdressers and similar service businesses, such as tanning salons, must also close. However, medically necessary treatments will remain permitted. For… Read More

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Parents to receive more money next year

Parents can calculate with more money, starting January 1st, 2021. The child allowance (Kinderzuschlag or short KiZ) for families with a low income is being raised on this date. It is being raised to up to 205 Euros for each child and month. Parents will receive the child allowance in addition to child and housing benefits. Parents can check if they’re eligible for the child allowance using the KiZ-Lotsen by the family benefits department. If they’re eligible, they can apply for the child allowance online with their family benefits department. This was announced by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs.… Read More

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Curfew starting 12th December

A curfew is to be imposed throughout Baden-Württemberg starting Saturday, 12th December. This is the state’s reaction to the current large number of Corona infections. As Prime Minister Kretschmann announced in a press conference on 11th December, only those who have good reason to do so may leave their homes at night from 8 pm to 5 am. Those who have to go to work, to the doctor or to school, for example, are allowed to go to their respective destinations. During the day from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., people may leave the house to go shopping, meet up… Read More

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Vaccination center in the Paul-Horn-Arena

Multiple pharmaceutical companies have developed and tested a vaccination against the corona-virus. Soon, the first ones will be delivered. The state of Baden-Württemberg is managing the distribution in the state. It has instructed the district of Tübingen to set up a regional vaccination center. As a result, the district is currently building a vaccination center in the Paul-Horn-Arena in Tübingen. This is happening in cooperation with the City of Tübingen, the university hospital of Tübingen and the German Red Cross. The vaccination center is supposed to start operating in the beginning of the next year. People from the entire district… Read More

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Longer holidays in the district of Tübingen

Schools in the district of Tübingen will start their Christmas holidays earlier than others. They are using movable holidays so that students can have the Christmas week off. The schools in and around Tübingen and Mössingen decided long ago that the last day of school will be on Friday, December 18th. Now, this is also applicable to the schools in and around Rottenburg as well. There, the holidays will similarly start on December 18th. In other cities and districts of Baden-Württemberg, however, the new holiday regulation by the state government will apply. There, classes will operate until and including Tuesday,… Read More

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Contact limited until January 10th

The partial lockdown is being extended nationwide. Restaurants, museums, theaters and recreational facilities will be closed until Sunday, January 10th, till further notice. This was decided by the chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the states. Among other things, Merkel justifies this decision with continuing high number of infections and the very high number of casualties. In Baden-Württemberg, the strict contact restrictions are to be somewhat lessened over Christmas, from the 23rd to the 27th December. During this time, a maximum of ten people, who are close family or friends, plus children who are under the age of 15… Read More

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Sick leave via phone extended

Already, patients with a light cold were able to get a sick note from their doctor by phone. So far, this applied till the end of the year. However, this option has now been extended by three months, until the end of March 2021. The joint committee of doctors, health insurance companies and hospitals came to this decision. As was rule before, doctors have to thoroughly question the patient about their state of health on the phone. They then have to decide if an in-person visit to the practice is necessary. The sick leave via phone can be issued for… Read More

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Rule relaxation over Christmas shortened

Baden-Württemberg has changed one item in the corona rules applicable from Tuesday, 1st of December. The exception that a maximum of ten people plus children up to their 15th birthday can meet at Christmas has been shortened. This rule will now only apply from 23th to 27th December. From 1st to 23rd December, only a maximum of five people from two households plus children may meet. This is stated in the country’s regulation published on 30th November. However, this may change again. It depends on the development of the corona situation whether the regulation will really be relaxed over Christmas… Read More

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Stricter corona regulations starting December 1st

Many people are still getting infected with the corona-virus. Consequently, the current regulations to be extended until Sunday, December 20th, and are partly stricter. Starting December 1st, no more than five people from two different household can meet. However, children till the age of 14 do not count. There’s an exception for the Christmas Days, starting from December 23rd until January 1st. During this time, close family or friends can meet with up to ten people, plus children under 14. A mask is required everywhere, where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be held. This includes for example pedestrian… Read More

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WHO on long-term effects of COVID-19

A COVID-19 infection can have long-term consequences. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now warned of this in Geneva. The head of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, spoke of permanent complications, according to reports in various media. Both young and old people, hospital patients and infected persons treated at home, suffer from long-term effects of corona. Specifically mentioned symptoms were: severe exhaustion, breathing problems, palpitations and memory difficulties. tun103102 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 16.04.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  2,490 total views

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Infected people are contagious even without corona symptoms

It is often claimed that you cannot infect other people if you do not display corona symptoms such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste. Even if you are in fact already infected with the virus. This opinion is widely held on social media. But this is incorrect, as scientific studies have proven and as the Robert Koch Institute also agrees – as reported recently by ZDF. You can still infect others even if you do not display any symptoms. In the two days before you start showing symptoms, the danger is even greater. It is estimated… Read More

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“Low risk,” says the Corona app. What does this mean?  

Experienced on an ICE train: Two older ladies get on and sit down in the next row. They’re wearing elegant face shields and take out their new smartphones. Their grandchildren downloaded the Corona-Warn-App for them, they explain each other. One of them says, “low risk.” The other one replies, “low risk as well, see!” Relieved, they take off their shields and take a bottle of prosecco out of their purses. Something is not right here, but what? The two women are mistaken on two things: On all trains, there is a requirement to wear a mouth and nose covering. The… Read More

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Corona alert during the weekend

What to do on the weekend when you find out you were in contact with a person who tested positive for corona? Or when the corona warn-app alerts you? People in close contact with an infected person and people who receive a red alert on their app can get tested for free. This test can be done from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the station on the Tübingen fairground. This is written in a press release by the administrative district office. Everyone who shows unclear cold symptoms during the weekend can visit the test station on… Read More

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Mössingen Tafel is closing

Effective immediately, the Mössingen Tafel has to stop its distribution of food to those in need. Already tomorrow, on Friday, November 6th, the Tafel will be closed. The reason for this is that volunteers who work there have been tested positive for the coronavirus. The closing is supposed to protect the staff and the customers. It will last until at least the end of November. In consultation with the authorities, it will then be decided when the Tafel can be opened again. tun110501 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 01.11.2020 Latest information on Corona:… Read More

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Book appointments in the downtown citizen office online

Registering a new home address, submitting found items, buying garbage bags, all this is possible in the downtown citizen center in Tübingen – however, an appointment is necessary due to corona. This appointment can now be booked online under www.tuebingen.de/buergeramt. On this site, a topic has to be chosen. Following that, the visitor will be told which documents they need. One click is enough to book a free date. Only in urgent cases should an appointment be made via phone or email, according to a press release by the city. For this, the appointment can be booked via phone under… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in Baden-Württemberg: Only essential travel recommended

Stricter corona rules will apply in Baden-Württemberg starting Monday, November 2nd. The freedom of movement will not be restricted, but people should avoid unnecessary travel and visits if possible. For example, people will not be able to stay overnight in hotels. This does not apply to business or official trips, trips to care for people in need, the sick or visits to hospitals, old people’s homes or nursing homes. However, those who intend to do so should ask in advance at the facility whether the visiting hours or visiting conditions are restricted due to the current situation. This is stated… Read More

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Corona virus findings in the district of Tübingen

The number of people infected with the corona virus is increasing significantly in the district of Tübingen. This is shown in a graph from the district administration office of Tübingen. The graph is based on the number of infected persons reported daily in the district. On the 30th of October, the District Office reported 49 cases, for the 31st of October 44 cases. The 7-day incidence for the district of Tübingen was 138.2 on October 31st. tun110111 Grafik: Neuinfizierte Landkreis Tübingen Latest information on Corona: Click here  403 total views

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Starting November 2nd in Baden-Württemberg: Exercise by yourself, in a group of two or with your family

Stricter corona rules will apply in Baden-Württemberg starting Monday, November 2nd. This will affect sports and fitness. Fitness, yoga and dance schools will have to close. This also affects sports courses at education centers and other educational institutions. Soccer fields may only be used for recreational sports, in pairs or with members of one’s own household. This rule also applies to public and private sports facilities. Pregnancy and birth preparation courses may continue to be held. Rehab sports are also still allowed. No spectators are allowed during training or during competitions in professional sports – for example in the Bundesliga.… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in Baden-Württemberg: University classes online

Stricter corona rules will apply in Baden-Württemberg starting Monday, November 2nd. According to these rules, there will be no in-person attendance at the universities. Digital lessons will still be held.  In-person events are possible if they are absolutely necessary and cannot be carried out online or with other distant learning formats. This is stated in the Sixth Ordinance of the State Government amending the Corona Ordinance of November 1st, 2020, which is initially valid until November 30th. tun110110 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 09.04.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  151 total views

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Starting November 2nd in Baden-Württemberg: No tourists in hotels

Stricter corona rules will apply in Baden-Württemberg starting Monday, November 2nd. Accordingly, hotels may no longer accommodate tourists. Stays for business and official purposes or in cases of hardship are still permitted. In contrast, long-stay camping is permitted. This is stated in the Sixth Ordinance of the State Government amending the Corona Ordinance of November 1st, 2020, which is initially valid until November 30th. tun110109 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 01.11.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  129 total views

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Starting November 2nd in Baden-Württemberg: Some services prohibited

Stricter corona rules will apply in Baden-Württemberg starting Monday, November 2nd. The state government wants to restrict social contacts so that the coronavirus will spread as little as possible from person to person. Therefore, services that are not necessary for everyday needs will not be available. These are cosmetic studios, nail studios, cosmetic foot care, massage studios (with the exception of medically prescribed treatments), tattoo and piercing studios. Medically necessary treatments remain allowed. Prostitution and any kind of sexual services, sauna, nudist or swinger clubs must close or are prohibited. However, tanning salons, hairdressers and barber shops are allowed to… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in the district of Baden-Württemberg: no more entertainment events

Starting on Monday, November 2nd, stricter corona-rules apply for the district of Baden-Württemberg. From then on, events which serve the entertainment are prohibited. This means county fairs, parish fairs, street festivals, village fairs and similar celebrations and events. It also includes dance events, such as shows, lessons and rehearsals. Furthermore, amateur music events and amateur theater are also prohibited. However, meetings for believers of a religion or worldview, blessings, burials and funerals are still allowed. Here, the regulations concerning religious believe, world believe and events in case of death continue to apply. It is also allowed to protest. Here, the… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in the district of Baden-Württemberg: restaurants closed

Starting on Monday, November 2nd, stricter corona-rules apply for the district of Baden-Württemberg. Consequently, restaurants, bars, pubs, diners, cafes or hookah lounges and other catering places have to close. However, they can still sell things over the counter for consumption outside and take-away as well as delivery services are still available. Outside tables at the restaurant for eating on-site are also prohibited. Butchers, bakeries, ice cream parlors, delicatessen stores and similar venues can sell things over the counter for outside consumption as well, or offer a take-away or delivery service. Cafeterias can stay open for employees and members of a… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in the district of Baden-Württemberg: playgrounds and sports grounds restricted

Starting on Monday, November 2nd, stricter corona-rules apply for the district of Baden-Württemberg. Playgrounds are generally allowed to stay open. However, visitors have to observe the minimum distance regulations towards people from other households. The regulation that there can’t be gatherings of more than ten people and no more than two households also applies here. Sports grounds for recreational and amateur sport can only be used by oneself, with one other person or by members of the same household. This was decided by the sixth general decree, written by the administrative district office on November 1st, 2020. For now, regulations… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in the district of Baden-Württemberg: only small private celebrations

Starting on Monday, November 2nd, stricter corona-rules apply for the district of Baden-Württemberg. For private celebrations and events only ten people are allowed together. This means for example birthdays, weddings, private playgroups, a party or a private sales event. This regulation applies regardless of whether the people are meeting in private or public places. These ten people can be from no more than two households. The only exception to this rule is, when the people are grandparents, parents and children or life partners. Then, they can be from more than two households. Dance events, such as shows, lessons and rehearsals,… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in the district of Baden-Württemberg: only 10 people in public spaces

Starting on Monday, November 2nd, stricter corona-rules apply for the district of Baden-Württemberg. From then on, only 10 people are allowed to come together in public spaces. These people can’t be from more than two households, if they are not related to one another. Household means a closed living unit, for example a flat, a shared apartment, a residential group or a single-family home. Public spaces are all publicly accessible roads, squares, pathways, parks, forests, rentable venues, event venues and other places that everyone can access. This regulation applies, no matter if you’re using your bike, your car, your horse… Read More

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Starting November 2nd in the district of Baden-Württemberg: many cultural events prohibited

Starting on Monday, November 2nd, stricter corona-rules apply for the district of Baden-Württemberg. Amongst other things, cultural events are prohibited. This means the theater, opera houses, concert halls, musical theater, movie theaters and museums. Drive-in theaters, archives, as well as public and academic libraries are allowed to stay open under strict hygiene regulations. Music schools, art schools and youth art school are allowed to stay open under the previous regulations. Offers, such as live-streams, recordings or rehearsals in theaters, opera houses and concert halls, can still be conducted, as long as they are closed to the public. In this case,… Read More

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Tübingen fever walk-in clinic opens again

The corona testing station on the Tübingen fairground has been operating for some time. Now, the fever walk-in clinic is also reopening there. Starting Monday, November 2nd, it will be open every day, including weekends, from 2 pm to 6 pm. Patients with corona symptoms can come to the outpatient fever clinic. They do not need to register by telephone and do not need a referral. However, they should inform their family doctor of their visit to the fever outpatient clinic. There is a doctor at the entrance to the fairground. He will send people with corona symptoms directly to… Read More

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No sports, no culture: significantly restricted contacts

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the Federal States tightened the corona rules again on Wednesday, 28th October. During the emergency shutdown, starting from Monday, 2nd November until the end of November, their aim is to prevent further spread of the infection. For this reason, personal contacts are to be restricted in particular. That means: Only a maximum of ten people from two households may meet in public. Neither private nor public places may be used for celebrations. Everyone should refrain from private trips and visits to relatives or friends. Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, theatres and amusement parks… Read More

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Mask requirements in schools to be relaxed

Students can now take off their masks during breaks in schoolyards and during intermediate and final exams. However, this only applies if they are able to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other. This was decided by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education. This is the ministry’s response to criticism from schools and parents over the strict obligation to wear masks. However, students and teachers must continue to wear masks in the school building and in class. tun102201 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 20.07.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  938 total… Read More

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Who must be quarantined?

People who have had close contact with a coronavirus infected person within the last 14 days must be quarantined. Close contact means that they must have spoken to a person tested positive for the virus for at least 15 minutes. Or the infected person has coughed or sneezed in their direction from a distance of less than 1.5 meters. In both cases, according to information from the Federal Centre for Health Education, there is “a high risk” of being infected. The responsible health authority has ordered quarantine in such cases. For 10 to 14 days, close contact persons of infected… Read More

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How to act during quarantine?

Anyone who has been infected with the Corona virus or has had close contact with patients must be quarantined. This was decided by the health board. How should family members behave, so that they do not become infected? The Federal Centre for Health Education says: The person in quarantine should, if possible, stay in a single room that is well ventilated. The Federal Centre recommends that patients or potentially infected persons should wear a mask and wash hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds before contact with others — other family members should also regularly wash hands. The… Read More

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Starting Saturday no alcohol after 11 p.m.

In the district of Tübingen, a cut-off hour all apply starting Saturday, 24th October. This means that restaurants, petrol stations, supermarkets and kiosks will no longer be allowed to serve or sell alcohol from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. “This applies on all days of the week,” the Tübingen District Office stated in a press release. In a directive, the Ministry of Social Affairs of Baden-Württemberg imposed the curfew in all districts in which more than 50 people per 100,000 residents have become newly infected with the coronavirus in the past seven days. In the district of… Read More

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Across Baden-Württemberg effective immediately: No more than 10 people may gather privately

In Baden-Württemberg, so many people have now become infected with the coronavirus that the state government has taken measures to protect against further spread. These will apply starting Monday, October 19th. Private meetings are therefore generally limited to a maximum of ten participants throughout Baden-Württemberg. More people may only come together privately if they belong to only two households or are members of one family. This was decided by the state government on October 18th. It is written in the Fifth Regulation amending the Corona Regulation. According to the state’s ordinance, the district of Tübingen overruled its general decree of… Read More

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Across Baden-Württemberg effective immediately: Mouth nose protection required

In Baden-Württemberg, so many people are now infected with the coronavirus that the state government has taken measures to protect against further spread. These will apply starting Monday, October 19th. In pedestrian zones, on market squares and wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, people throughout Baden-Württemberg must now wear a face mask over their mouth and nose. In public institutions, too, masks are now mandatory in places to which the public has access. This was decided by the state government on October 18th. It is written in the Fifth Regulation amending the Corona Regulation. In accordance… Read More

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Across Baden-Württemberg effective immediately: Events with more than 100 persons prohibited

In Baden-Württemberg, so many people have now become infected with the corona virus that the state government has taken measures to protect against further spread. These will apply starting Monday, October 19th. According to these measures, a maximum of 100 people will be allowed to participate in events. Private gatherings are not considered to be events, and significantly fewer people can take part in them. This was decided by the state government on October 18th. It is stated in the Fifth Regulation amending the Corona Regulation. According to the state’s ordinance, the district of Tübingen overruled its general decree of… Read More

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At all universities in Baden-Württemberg: Masks still required

In Baden-Württemberg, so many people are now infected with the coronavirus that the state government has taken measures to protect against further spread. These will apply starting Monday, October 19th. According to these measures, students and lecturers at universities must now wear a mask over their mouth and nose during lectures and seminars. This also applies when they are sitting at their seats. This was decided by the state government on October 18th. It is written in the Fifth Ordinance on Changes to the Corona Ordinance. This is written in a special Corona Ordinance for study and art. The district… Read More

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Learn about coronavirus through short videos

In Germany, more people are now infected with the coronavirus every day, compared to spring. Scientists and politicians assess the situation as very serious. Stricter rules and information should prevent more and more people from becoming infected – especially risk groups such as the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. Anyone looking for answers to many questions about the coronavirus will find them on the homepage of the Federal Center for Health Education, www.bzga.de. There, you will find tips for safe behavior in all kinds of situations. The BzgA also has a video series on YouTube: “Corona Wissen kompakt”. The… Read More

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New corona-rules: Answers online and on the phone

There are new, stricter rules in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many people are unsure and wonder what they are and are not allowed to do. Answers can be obtained from the hotline of the district administration office on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th. The hotline can be reached on both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 07071 / 207-3600. Detailed explanations can also be found on the homepage of the district of Tübingen: www.kreis-tuebingen.de. At the end of the first paragraph of the general disposition is a pdf “Antworten auf viele… Read More

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Stricter corona-rules in all of Baden-Württemberg

The state of Baden-Württemberg is tightening its corona-rules, as the district of Tübingen has already done. Starting on Monday, October 19th, these rules apply in the entire state of Baden-Württemberg. Stricter mask-regulations: Everywhere, where the minimum distance requirements cannot be met, people have to wear a mask. This means for example pedestrian zones and every public place. This rule applies statewide and the mask has to be worn over the mouth and nose. Celebrations: For private celebrations and gatherings, a maximum of ten people of two different households is allowed. Events: Only 100 people are allowed at events. Schools and… Read More

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Sick note via phone

Currently, not only the number of people infected with the corona-virus is rising again. More people have a cold as well. Patients with mild infections of the respiratory tract can, once again, get a sick note from their doctor via phone. This is possible starting Monday, October 19th, and, for the time being, is planned until the end of this year. The Joint Federal Committee decided this. Representatives of doctors, hospitals and public health insurance agencies belong to this committee. The aim of this measure is to keep waiting rooms empty and protect at risk patients from a possible infection.… Read More

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Masks are now also compulsory during class

In the week before the autumn vacations, secondary school students are required to memorize a new phrase: “Maske auf – auch im Unterricht” (Mask on – even during class). Baden-Württemberg has introduced this rule starting Monday, October 19, for fifth graders and above. Until now, they had to wear masks in toilets and in corridors. The new corona regulation for schools issued by the Ministry of Education has intensified the rules. The reason for this is the rapidly increasing number of infected persons throughout the country. Pupils who do not comply with the new regulations will face consequences that can… Read More

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Stricter rules for parties because of Corona

More and more people are becoming infected with the corona-virus, again. For this reason, stricter rules will be enacted in Baden-Württemberg starting Sunday, October 11th. If more than 35 people per 100,000 inhabitants become infected within seven days in a district, a maximum of 50 guests can come to private parties in rented rooms – for example restaurants. At private parties in private rooms, there should be no more than 25 people celebrating. Currently, the district of Esslingen is a corona hotspot with 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. In hotspot counties or hotspot cities, only 25… Read More

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Without mask, no entry and no driving lessons

Every day in Baden-Württemberg, people contract the coronavirus. Again, and again patients die of Covid-19. That is why the state government is tightening the corona ordinance and extending it until November 30th. These changes will take effect Wednesday, September 30th: Guests in restaurants, pubs and bars must wear a mask when they are not sitting in their seats – for example, on their way to the table, to the toilet or to a buffet. The mask obligation also applies in closed rooms and in the waiting area of amusement parks and amusement facilities. Anyone not wearing a mask is not… Read More

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Protect the elderly: Covid-19 test before visiting

Older people need to be protected from the coronavirus. So, starting on Monday, 30thSeptember, there will be a new testing opportunity at the Tübingen fairground (Tübinger Festplatz). This is for all those who want to visit older relatives. The test should be carried out one day before the planned visit. The “Arztmobil” (doctor’s car) will be present at the Tübingen fairground every day of the week except for the weekends. The timings are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. People from the district of Tübingen who cannot afford the voluntary test, can get tested here for free. If there is… Read More

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Changes for those returning from travel

In Baden-Württemberg, there is a new regulation for travelers. Starting on Wednesday, September 16th, only returnees from risk areas can be tested at the Corona test stations in the state – not all travel returnees. Currently, there are test stations at the airports of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Friedrichshafen, at Stuttgart Central Station and at the freeway service stations Neuenburg/Ost and Kemmental/Ost. In any case, the state will operate these test stations until after the end of the summer vacations. For residents of the district of Tübingen, the drive-in test station on the Tübingen fairground (Tübinger Festplatz) has been open again… Read More

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Refusing to wear a mask will result in a fine

Students from grade five and up in Baden-Württemberg must wear a mask outside of the classroom after the summer vacation. This applies in the hallways, in the auditorium, in the school yard and on the toilet. Anyone who does not adhere to the new rules will be fined. The fines are between 25 and 250 euros. The standard fine is 35 euros. This info is from the new “catalog of fines for administrative offenses” from the state government. The public order office oversees violations. For people who do not wear a mask in places like markets and shops, fines will… Read More

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German border open for people seeking protection

Due to the corona-pandemic, entry into Germany is limited. However, there are exceptions to the entry restrictions: Citizens of a country belonging to the European Union, as well as people from other states that have a long-term resident permit, are allowed to enter. There are also exceptions to the entry restrictions for those seeking protection: People who come to Germany for the purpose of joining their families are allowed entry, as long as they have the necessary documents. Additionally, people who want to apply for asylum can enter. This means that refugees will not be turned away at the border… Read More

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Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate…

Correct ventilation reduces the risk of being infected by the coronavirus. This is clear through the recommendations of the Federal Environmental Agency for schools and all inside spaces. Aerosols are tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in the air. They are a common path of transmission for the coronavirus. Aerosols spread faster in closed off interiors. Consequently, the Federal Environmental Agency recommends to get as much fresh air into inside spaces as possible – additionally to keeping the minimum required distance and wearing a protection over mouth and nose. For fresh air, a cross ventilation is ideal. A draft through… Read More

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Corona is still here

By Birgit Walter-Frank In the last few weeks, we were able to take a deep breath in the health department of the Tübingen administrative district office. However, the number of infections is increasing again. Travelers in particular can bring the virus back with them. It is and will remain important that we all adhere to distance and hygiene rules. Regardless of whether one wants to speak of a beginning “second wave” or not: the virus is here. In the health department, the focus of our work is “contact person management”, which means that we determine the contacts of people who… Read More

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Coronavirus is not taking a break

Daily, the number of people infected with the coronavirus is rising fast. This is true for the state of Baden-Württemberg and for the rest of Germany. Many people are bringing back the virus from their vacation or are getting infected during gatherings with family or friends. The Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, understands that people are longing for a break. However, he says: “The virus is not taking a summer break.” In fact, the opposite is the case, “It is using every opportunity to spread again.” The head of state wants to avoid a second coronavirus wave as it happened… Read More

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Covid-19 test station reopened

Many travelers bring back unwanted souvenirs from their vacation: The Corona Virus. Consequently, the test station at the Tübinger Festplatz has been opened again, as the administrative district office of Tübingen informs. There, travelers who return from their stay abroad, can get tested for free. Before going to the test station, regardless if one is showing symptoms or not, one should call their general practitioner. If they send the returners to the test station, it is important to bring one’s health insurance card. The test station is open Monday through Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. In the morning,… Read More

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Longer work days for people working from home

Due to Covid-19, many people currently work from home. A collaboration between researchers from the Harvard Business School and the New York University now discovered that, on average, these people work 48.5 minutes more each day than before the pandemic. For their study, the researchers looked at the digital working patterns of 3.1 million people from a few thousand companies, which are located in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Not only has the work day gotten longer for many people, but the working methods have also adapted: The researchers found that there are more e-mails being send internally,… Read More

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Mandatory Covid-19 test for people returning from risk areas

There is a high risk of infection with the coronavirus in many countries. To stop the spreading of the virus, the German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, has ordered a mandatory test for all people returning from high risk areas. Everyone returning from their vacation who does not have a negative test result from shortly before departure, can get tested free of charge for three days after their return. In Baden-Württemberg, it is possible to get tested in the test centre located at the three airports Stuttgart, Friedrichshafen and Baden-Airpark, or at Stuttgart Central Station. If one prefers to… Read More

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Children feel very stressed by Corona

The quality of life of children and adolescents in Germany deteriorated during the Corona crisis. This is shown by the COPSY study (Corona and Psyche) by the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Nationwide, children and parents were surveyed on this topic for the first time. The pandemic has “reduced the quality of life and mental wellbeing of children and adolescents and increased the risk of mental health problems. Most children and adolescents feel stressed, are increasingly worried, pay less attention to their health and complain more often about family disputes. In every second child, the relationship with their friends suffered… Read More

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Corona seems to spare small children

Children are less likely to become infected with the coronavirus compared to their parents. These are the first results of a study from Baden-Württemberg. The researchers from four universities examined almost 2500 children under the age of ten and a mother or father without symptoms for the virus and for antibodies. Scientists, Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and Minister of Culture Susanne Eisenmann have now presented the evaluation of the study. The result ensures that healthy children can go to daycare centers and elementary schools starting Monday, June 29th. There is no compulsory schooling until the summer holidays. Parents can informally… Read More

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Corona: Fines still in place

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. Anyone who violates the provisions of the Corona Ordinance is committing an administrative offense. Fined will be anyone who does not keep the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people, does not wear a mouth-to-nose cover if this is prescribed, takes part in a gathering of more than twenty people or holds unauthorized meetings. Anyone who violates the prohibition of entry or participation with symptoms of an infectious disease must also face a fine. The fines can be up to € 2,500, in some… Read More

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Corona as of July 1st: Demos allowed

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. The Corona Regulation expressly respects the importance of freedom of assembly under Article 8 of the Basic Law. In principle, there are no limits to the number of participants. However, the organizers must work to ensure that the demonstrators abide by the distance rule. The authorities can also request certain hygiene measures. However, the law also authorizes the authorities to prohibit such meetings “provided that protection against infections cannot be achieved in any other way, in particular due to conditions”. This is stated in paragraph… Read More

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Corona as of July 1st: No hygiene plan required for private celebrations for up to 100 people

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. Starting July 1st, a hygiene plan is no longer necessary for private events with no more than 100 participants. This applies, for example, to birthday or wedding celebrations, baptisms and family celebrations. This is in the ordinance of the state government on infection protection measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus of June 23, 2020. tun062502 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 28.06.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,767 total views

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Corona as of July 1st: Keep your distance, wear a mask

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. People must continue to keep 1.5 meters distance in public spaces. Schools, kindergartens and some other facilities are excluded. If this is not possible, at the very least a mask must be worn over the mouth and nose. (It is not enough to just cover the mouth with the mask!) Covering the mouth and nose is mandatory when using public and tourist passenger transport and at its boarding points. The mask is also prescribed for services in which people come close together. The masks are… Read More

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Corona as of July 1st: Groups of up to 20 can meet

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. From July 1st, 20 people can now meet in public as well as in private. The new regulation no longer differentiates between private and public spaces. This is stated in paragraph 9 of the ordinance of the state government on infection protection measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus of June 23, 2020. tun062501 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 28.06.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here    1,485 total views

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Integreat: Information about the Corona warning app in nine languages

The Integreat app provides information about the federal government’s Corona Warning app in German, English, French, Arabic, Romanian, Turkish, Farsi, Polish, and Russian. The information is written in simple language and can be pulled up in the nationwide app: https://integreat.app/deutschlandvorlage2019/de/corona-virus/corona-warn-app tun062310 Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,264 total views,  2 views today

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Corona as of July 1st: Events with more than 20 people

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. From then on, events with up to 250 people are possible. The prerequisite is that the participants are assigned fixed seats for the entire duration of the event and that the event follows a pre-determined program. This regulation includes, for example, cultural events, club meetings or employee meetings. Dance events, with the exception of dance performances, dance classes and rehearsals, are also prohibited. Starting August 1st, events with less than 500 people are allowed again. Events with over 500 participants are still prohibited until October… Read More

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Corona from July 1st: Clubs and discotheques still prohibited

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. Clubs and discos are still not allowed to open. Prostitutes, brothels and similar establishments as well as any other form of prostitution are also prohibited. This is stated in paragraph 13 of the ordinance of the state government on infection protection measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus of June 23rd, 2020. tun062504 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 27.06.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,398 total views

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Masks make sense in the age of Corona

Many people are reluctant to wear masks against the Coronavirus, but the obligation to cover the mouth and nose in public transport and in shops is evident. A study by four universities backs this claim. The scientists examined developments in Jena and similar cities. Jena had already introduced the mask requirement on April 6th, other cities did not follow until two or three weeks later. The study found that the mask requirement has contributed to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to the summary by Klaus Wäldle (University of Mainz). The World Health Organization (WHO) has also changed its stance… Read More

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Curevac receives 300 million Euro for vaccination research

The German national bank KfW has invested 300 million Euro in the Tübingen enterprise Curevac, as told by the federal economics minister Peter Altmaier on Monday. The biotech-company is conducting research for a vaccination against the Corona virus in the Technologiepark Tübingen. Curevac wants to teach the human body how to produce its own vaccine. The enterprise wants to imitate a natural virus infection and, thus, activate the body’s own defence mechanisms. Press spokesman Thorsten Schüller explained the method to tünews INTERNATIONAL at the beginning of April. Meanwhile, Curevac has been allowed to test its vaccine in a clinical study… Read More

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Prime Minister on Corona myths: no villain who wants to fool everyone

People are now also protesting in Tübingen against the corona policy of the federal and state governments. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime  Minister  Winfried Kretschmann addressed these demonstrations, among other things, in his new video podcast on Tuesday. “The right of assembly is a fundamental right,” said Kretschmann. However, he also sees that “extremists and populists” are using demonstrations for their purposes. For example, they claim that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is behind Corona in order to secretly establish world domination. This “conspiracy theory”, according to the Prime Minister, is absurd: “There is no villain here who wants to fool us all.” But… Read More

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Education or work allowance: Urgent

A new residence law has been enforced in Germany since January 2020. It affects allowance to engage in education or work. Anyone wishing to apply must provide proof of who he or she is and where he or she came from by Tuesday, June 30th. This is urgent. Afterward the due date the allowance can no longer be applied for. A birth certificate (with name, nationality, date of birth) and a passport or other official document of the country of origin must be provided by June 30th. If this does not work, the applicants must prove that they have taken… Read More

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Special regulation for sick leave via telephone has ended

Starting June 1st, anyone who wants to get a sick leave needs to go to the doctor office again. This means that the special regulation has officially ended and a physical examination is once again necessary to assess the inability to work. However, Josef Hecken, Chairman of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), emphasized that anyone suspecting an infection with the coronavirus should still contact a doctor via telephone. The special regulation for sick leave via telephone was designed to relieve the burden on doctors and to protect employees during the Corona pandemic. It had already been extended by the G-BA… Read More

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Corona: Situation in Nigeria

By Bright Edosa Igbinovia Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja is leading the struggle against the Corona virus. The government of Nigeria has drawn consequences from the crisis of Ebola from 2014 and has improved their health care. The first confirmed case of the pandemic of “Coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) in Nigeria was announced on the 27th February 2020. The total confirmed cases: 6175 infected, 1644 survivors and 191 deaths (18.05.2020, source: Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)). The Nigerian government announced a ban on international flights on the… Read More

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Private parties with a maximum of 99 guests

Starting Tuesday, 9th June 2020, weddings and birthday parties will be permitted to be celebrated with more guests. In one’s home, up to 20 people from different households are allowed. No restrictions apply among family members anymore. This was announced by the federal state government of Baden-Württemberg. They made two examples: If four people live together in one household, up to a maximum of 16 people that are not related may be invited to a party. If three relatives join the four hosts, only 13 not related persons are allowed to enter. In rented rooms such as a restaurant, private… Read More

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Relaxed rules for festivals, culture and football

Birthday children and wedding couples will now benefit from the new relaxations of the Corona rules. Starting Monday, June 1st, up to ten people from several households can meet and celebrate in closed private rooms. This restriction does not apply to relatives. A maximum of 20 people can get together at a private party outdoors. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann announced this easing on Tuesday. Those interested in cultural events can visit cinemas, theaters, concerts or operas again, starting June 1st. However, less than 100 people are allowed in the hall together with permanent seating. Would you rather go to… Read More

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Limited training allowed in the gyms

Fitness or yoga fans can train again in studios starting Tuesday, June 2nd. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture has now announced rule relaxation for indoor sports. However, in addition to the minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the exercisers, other rules also apply. The athletes must come to the gym in their training attire because the changing rooms will remain closed. No direct physical contact nor crowding is allowed. Studio staff must note the name, date, length of visit including the address or phone number of visitors. The rooms must be adequately ventilated and the devices carefully cleaned/disinfected after each… Read More

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Corona on a global scale

Wolfgang Sannwald The Corona-virus has infected approximately four million people worldwide. Until may 5th, more than 250.000 deaths are accredited to the pandemic. Both numbers continue to rise. In this global crisis, it has become clear once more that people cannot be separated by nationality, language, skin colour or religion. The pathogen impairs people that are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Germany or anywhere else in the same way. Everywhere on earth, it causes people to die. Yet, a big difference is made by the condition of societies in which the virus spreads. Is there enough prosperity in order to… Read More

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Ramadan in times of Corona

Due to the Corona crisis, fasting Muslims experienced significant changes in Ramadan this year. Religious and social rituals constitute central elements of Ramdan. For example, after Ishaa, the evening prayer, follows the Tarawih. Tarawih is a prayer that only takes place during Ramadan and, therefore, has a special significance. Due to the worldwide closing and restrictions on mosques, joint prayers were no longer possible. Even in Mekka, the holy town of Muslims, the ritual was not held this year. “Many people find that sad”, says Salma from Syria. The joint meals Mawaes Al Rahman outdoor were cancelled, which is another… Read More

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No swimming in rivers

Rising temperatures increase the temptation to swim in natural waters. The Corona Ordinance currently prohibits the general opening of swimming pools or bathing lakes. The health office in the district office in Tübingen also pointed out that no river or stream in the district is officially classified as bathing water. These are not examined for the criteria of the Baden-Württemberg Bathing Water Ordinance. Fecal bacteria were significantly above the limit and guide values in earlier random measurements. This also applies to Neckar and Steinlach. It is, therefore, recommended to avoid bathing in these rivers. The homepage of the State Institute… Read More

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