Starting Saturday, April 24th, 2021, the latest changes to the state’s corona regulations apply in Baden-Württemberg. The state government has adjusted its current regulations to suit the changed Infection Protection Act of the country (the so-called “Emergency Brake”, which now applies to all of Germany).
The “Emergency Brake” regulations apply when a district passes the incidence of 100. This means that within seven days, more than 100 new infections with the coronavirus are registered on three consecutive days. This is the case for the districts of Tübingen and Reutlingen.
Contact restriction: Meetings are possible with members of the own household and one more person who does not belong to the household. The age restriction for children that don’t count has been lowered to 13 years old.
Curfew: It is now in effect from 10 p.m. (before 9 p.m.) until 5 a.m. Between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m., outdoor exercise by yourself, such as walking or jogging, is allowed. Important reasons, such as going to work or looking for medical help, are exempted from the curfew. The exception “going to and from your partner’s residence” which has applied until now, is no longer valid. Non-work-related journeys are also not allowed: The curfew means “don’t go outside, it consequently also means don’t travel,” as Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health, explains to the media.
Shopping: If the 7-day incidence stays below 150 in a district, Click&Meet offers (shopping by appointment) remain possible for retail stores. A negative corona rapid test from an official place that is not older than 24 hours, as well as the sharing of contact information, is required for this. If the incidence number is above 150 (as is the case in the districts of Tübingen and Reutlingen), only the pick-up of pre-ordered goods is possible (Click&Collect). This also applies to hardware stores. Stores of daily usage stay open: grocery stores, baby article stores, pharmacies, medical houses, drugstores, opticians, audiologists, flower shops and garden centers.
Schools and day care centers: Schools now have to change to rotating classes if the 7-day incidence is above 100 in the district. If the incidence if 165 or higher, they have to go back to remote teaching. For grades 1 to 7 there will still be an emergency care. Nurseries, kindergartens and day care centers can only offer emergency care if the incidence rises above 165. These regulations currently also apply to the districts of Tübingen and Reutlingen.
Sports: If the incidence is above 100, exercise is only possible with members of the own household and one other person who does not belong to the household. Children of both households up to and including the age of 13 don’t count. Gyms stay closed.
The regulations of the new decree can be read on the state government’s website: Aktuelle Corona-Verordnung des Landes Baden-Württemberg: Baden-Württemberg.de (baden-wuerttemberg.de)
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.
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