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  1. Corona Restrictions

    Police around Heidelberg ... disbanded 12 aggregations above the cap last night, with groups numbering between 4 and 15 people. 77 people face criminal prosecution for violations of the Infection Protection Law (i.e. up to 2 years prison). closed down 10 restaurants serving customers in-place and closed 2 shops illegally open. They face penalty payments of 25,000 Euro each, on top of possible criminal prosecution. patrolled playgrounds and handed "scores" of children and youths encountered there over to parents.
  2. Corona Restrictions

      She could just have told them that bus trips are outlawed... there's a reason why Flixbus has suspended operations entirely.  
  3. Corona Restrictions

    Around here someone apparently yesterday pulled a pistol on some garbage workers after being told their recycling center is closed. Shots fired.
  4. Corona Restrictions

    State decree limits it further down to three in public places, families excluded.
  5. Corona Restrictions

    Next update for Heidelberg: Gatherings and aggregations of people on public grounds in groups larger than five people is outlawed. In gatherings of five people or less on public grounds a minimum distance of 1.5m is required. Use of force is announced to implement this if necessary. The intention behind this is to have the necessary legal framework to disband groups at places like the Neckarwiese riverside meadows, where groups do aggregate. The city planted dozens of signs prohibiting use yesterday, which have been largely ignored.   In addition Operating senior citizen meeting points, nail and cosmetic studios (other than hairdressers) and tanning salons as well as camping sites and information booths has been outlawed. Use of force to close such facilities if necessary has been announced. Shops that continue to be allowed to operate (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies etc) have to ensure a distance of 1.5m between customers in queues  as well as ensuring that queues do not exceed five people. A penalty payment of 2,000 Euro applies if violated.
  6. Corona Restrictions

    Police in South Baden disbanded ten gatherings in public that exceeded the 50-person limit last night, the largest being 120 mostly young people.
  7. Corona Restrictions

      As a follow-up to that:   Patrols starting at 1 pm today in Heidelberg, inspecting which shops and restaurants were violating current rules, consisted of three detachments each consisting of four KOD officers and two state police officers.   From local newspaper:   In case you really want to know which is which: The ones with the vertical stripes on the uniform trousers standing by the car are the state police, the others with the long script on the back of their body armor (reads "Polizeibehörde") are municipal officers.
  8. Corona Restrictions

      City of Heidelberg has additionally decreed for this part: for official wedding ceremonies (indoors, at city hall) only the bridal couple, required witnesses and one additional guest is allowed burial ceremonies (outdoors, at cemetaries) are restricted to "closest circle of family and friends", maximum 10 people All city offices - except the Bürgerämter in the city districts - are closed to the public. The Standesamt remains open for the sole purpose of officially reporting deaths.   The Müllabfuhr in Heidelberg as a system-critical facility will reduce its business to core functionality, i.e. garbage retrieval and is reorganizing to maintain this functionality. Sperrmüll will no longer be retrieved after this week, Recyclinghöfe and all public toilets are closed starting today. The city is asking people to move trashcans to the streetside themselves for recovery. The planned public spring city cleaning week (4,000 volunteers last year) is moved to an undefined date in autumn.
  9. Corona Restrictions

    It's a semi-wartime footing. We're not quite yet at the level Bavaria is at.
  10. Corona Restrictions

      Both state police and the Ortspolizeibehörden, i.e. the municipalities.   In the larger cities the latter have their own services with officers vested with powers equal to police, the Kommunale Ordnungsdienste. These are rather small - 50 men and women in Mannheim for example, 25 in Heidelberg - but are trained and armed for such purposes.
  11. Corona Restrictions

    Now for the big one...   State-wide decree throughout Baden-Württemberg   Effective: March 16th to April 19th General: All gatherings, events and rallies of more than 100 people are banned. Exceptions may be granted if the gathering serves to maintain critical infrastructure or is legally mandated with no option to move it to a later date (such as elections). Operations of cultural venues, educational venues, movie theaters, pools, fitness studios, youth centers, public libraries, amusement venues and venues of prostitution are outlawed. Operation of gastronomy is outlawed, unless the venue can provide for a minimum distance of 1.5m between guests and maintains a guest list so as to trace all contact persons for one month after an event Care homes for elderly and disabled may no longer be entered for the purpose of visitation. This includes related assisted-living facilities. Facilities for treating psychiatric cases are excepted. Other third parties entering such facilities for other purposes may only do so with the permission of the person in charge of the facility conditional to protective measures. (*) Schools & Childcare: Teaching activity at schools is suspended, and use of these buildings for other purposes outlawed. Boarding schools and vocational school in medical fields are excepted. Facilities for disabled may be excepted individually. Operation of kindergartens and part-time childcare facilities is outlawed. The state shall provide emergency childcare for children for whom both parents or a solo-raising single parent is working in professions of critical infrastructure. Regular children-staff ratios are lifted. Children with suspicion of Covid-19 infection (returnees or contact persons or showing symptoms) are not covered by emergency childcare. Children for whom teaching activity is suspended (above) may not enter these facilities. Universities & Colleges: Teaching activity at universities and colleges is suspended. The universities shall ensure that students will be able to finish exams for the summer semester 2020. Canteens at such facilities have to close.   (*) Additional exceptions exist, a bit too complicated to list here.
  12. Corona Restrictions

      It's about formal sports facilities, i.e. training at a sports field.
  13. Corona Restrictions

    Heidelberg updated its regulations today, getting a bit more detailed and a lot more restrictive.   The previous decree (above) is lifted.   Effective: March 16th to April 30th. All gatherings, events and rallies of more than 50 people are banned, whether indoors or outdoors. Events of less than 50 people have to be announced to the city 48 hours ahead in writing or by email, including a risk analysis. Outdoor gatherings and private events up to a size of 100 people such as weddings or funeral can be permitted individually by the city, after application with a risk analysis. Events held by public authorities, as well as those serving maintaining public order, supply of the population or public health information are excepted. The operation of any gastronomy is outlawed. Restaurants and canteens, including internal in a business, may only be operated as take-away/to-go services. Guests may not be served on-site. Operations of concert houses, dance schools, public youth work, music schools, literature houses, private education enterprises, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and zoos is outlawed. Any sort of sports activity in any public or private sports facilities is outlawed, both outdoors and indoors (such as shooting ranges, soccer or tennis halls).
  14. Coronavirus

      You're talking to a former Bundeswehr soldier who during servive once had the grand week-long task of checking the labels on 200 tents to see which month in 1962 they were produced in, in order to remove all those before June due to certain carcinogenic chemicals used in them. Nothing wrong with the 1980s trucks the THW and DRK are running, in fact the THW got the trucks i was driving around in.   And a "few Hansele"? DRK once mobilized has 60,000 men and women in Baden-Württemberg alone.
  15. Coronavirus

      Which it wouldn't. There are civilian units for this purpose, mostly the reserve support platoons with DRK.