After Freiburg, the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district has now also reached the warning value of 35. On Friday evening it was 38.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Stricter corona rules should apply from Saturday.
In a video message, District Administrator Dorothea Störr-Ritter addressed the citizens of the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district: “The second Covid-19 wave did not surprise us. However, we were surprised by the force and dynamism with which this wave has now rolled towards us is. ” The district crossed the first red line on Friday. The state health office reported 38.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and week in the evening – the number is above the warning value of 35 cases.
From Saturday, stricter corona rules should apply in the district. These should be based on those of the city of Freiburg. Freiburg had reached the warning level the day before. “The whole thing will only differ in insignificant parts,” says the press spokesman for the district office, Matthias Fetterer.
Corona rules similar to those in Freiburg
In Freiburg, the obligation to cover the mouth and nose has been in effect on the cathedral market, weekly markets and at public events since Friday. Masks must also be worn in cinemas and theaters. The number of participants for private celebrations in public rooms was limited to 25, in private rooms to 15. The game of SC Freiburg takes place without spectators.
Normally, all 50 cities and municipalities in the district would have to issue a corresponding general order. “But because the danger is imminent, the district will take over for everyone,” said Fetterer when asked by BZ. The rules are to be laid down on Saturday. With a view to the weekend, additional forces will be brought together in the health department to track contacts with infected people, according to the district office.
District administrator expects the number of infections to continue to rise
The district administrator expects the number of infections to rise and that the district and the city of Freiburg will also exceed the critical value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week.
This has already happened in the neighboring Schwarzwald-Baar district. There the 7-day incidence on Friday evening is 61.2. Accordingly, the rules are more restrictive. There, for example, there is a curfew from 11 p.m. in restaurants. Only ten people are allowed to attend celebrations in public or rented rooms. In private rooms, only ten people from a maximum of two households are allowed to celebrate.
Störr-Ritter calls on communities to carry out more controls
In her video message, the district administrator asked the municipalities in the district to monitor corona protective measures more closely: “Unfortunately, we can only keep the infection chains in check with controls.” Neighboring France was declared a risk area, but border closings were not considered, as the district administrator confirmed on Friday afternoon. The French will have the opportunity to enter Germany for 24 hours without quarantine requirements and without submitting a negative corona test. Exceptions are provided for commuters.
Anyone who thinks they are stronger than the Covid-19 disease will be mistaken. If you can’t get the pandemic under control, as at the beginning of the year, the consequences would be “of a completely different order of magnitude that we don’t even think about,” said Störr-Ritter. She appealed to all citizens to protect themselves and others. “It is autumn and we are already walking on very thin ice.”
Confidence on the Feldberg
If the corona rules are tightened on Saturday in the entire Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district, this will also affect communities that have so far had almost no corona case. For example the community of Feldberg. However, the mayor there, Johannes Albrecht, does not feel that he is being held in kin if celebrations should be restricted and the mask requirement extended. But on the contrary. “Our most important topic is safety, security, safety for our residents and our guests,” said Albrecht. As a tourist destination, one could not afford to neglect tourism and the approaching winter season. Albrecht sees it as a success that the community has had so few corona infections so far – and it should stay that way. In the summer you could experience on the Feldberg how tourism can work in times of pandemic, says Albrecht. In this regard, they have an important advantage in terms of experience compared to pure ski resorts that only welcome tourists in winter.