The incidence continues to rise in Offenbach – even if a curfew has been in effect for a week. The Main-Kinzig district has now also imposed a nocturnal restriction.
Offenbach holds a sad record: In no other Hessian municipality have an average of 100,000 inhabitants infected more people with corona in the past seven days. The city is currently approaching an incidence of 300. The health department reported 297.8 corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Tuesday. A total of 850 people are currently infected.
However, this high incidence will not have any consequences for the time being. “Further measures do not come from the municipality, but from the state,” said the press office. The escalation concept that applies throughout Hesse is decisive. The Corona administrative staff discussed on Tuesday whether the mask requirement and the alcohol ban in public places should be extended. In addition, more rapid test centers are to be opened – including at the Ring-Center shopping center and the football stadium on Bieberer Berg.
The city wants to watch carefully whether the exit restrictions, which have been in place for a week and are initially limited to April 18, are also effective. Offenbach residents are only allowed to leave their house between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. for a valid reason.
The night curfew came into effect on the night of March 30th to March 31st at midnight, as the incidence was already over 200 at that time. The city police checked compliance with the exit restrictions in the past few nights – and punished a total of 130 violations with a heavy fine: 200 euros are due for the first violation, 400 euros for the second violation and 800 euros if a citizen for the third time after 9 p.m. caught in public space.
On the first day of the curfew, the city police punished 18 violations. On Maundy Thursday, the public order office then imposed a fine in 41 cases. That night, the city police carried out a stationary traffic control in the city center with the support of the state police. 55 vehicles were checked, three violations involving six people were found. On Good Friday, 22 citizens adhered to the nocturnal restriction, on Easter Saturday 23, on Easter Sunday 14 and on Easter Monday twelve people.
In the Main-Kinzig district, too, there has now been a reaction to the steadily increasing number of infections: On Tuesday, citizens were for the first time not allowed to leave the apartment between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The curfew there is initially for two weeks.
It was already decided on Good Friday when the seven-day incidence reached a value of 183 and was thus significantly higher than the Hesse-wide value of 143. Health department head Susanne Simmler called on the 29 municipalities in the Main-Kinzig district to comply with the applicable ones More control of corona restrictions. The British virus variant, which is considered to be significantly more contagious, has almost completely displaced the original virus type in the Main-Kinzig district. “If we do not take countermeasures and step on the brakes, we must expect to reach an incidence value of 300 by mid-April,” said District Administrator Thorsten Stolz.
The daycare centers are to remain open for the time being. However, parents were strongly advised to look after their children at home.