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First a test, then to the Heidelberg store

From Sebastian Riemer

Heidelberg. In the blinding spring weather there was little going on in the main street on Friday. For the first time since the retail trade reopened on March 8th, the shops in Heidelberg had to close again. The reason: The seven-day incidence in the city has been over 100 for days, and that's why the country's corona emergency brake took effect.

But the closure only lasted for one day. Because this Saturday, April 24th, different rules will apply again: Now all the provisions of the emergency brake decided by the Bundestag and Bundesrat are also taking effect in Heidelberg. And that says for the retail trade: As long as the incidence remains below 150, shops can again offer shopping with an appointment (Click & Meet) - the prerequisite is now that customers have a negative Corona test.

You must not have done this quick test yourself at home, but in a test center that officially certifies the negative result. The rapid test must not be older than 24 hours. A PCR test that is not more than 48 hours old is also valid. Everyday shops - such as supermarkets - can of course still be entered without an appointment and without a test.

The places where you can do rapid corona tests have been springing up like mushrooms in Heidelberg since the first offers in mid-March. According to the city, up to 8,000 people a day will soon be able to get quick tests in Heidelberg.

One of the largest providers is now the company Q-Meditec, which was founded by the hotelier Johannes Arndt. He is now offering quick tests not only in his two Qube Hotels in Bergheim and Bahnstadt, but also on Bismarckplatz from this Saturday. Up to 60 tests per hour can be carried out in two containers in the northern area of ​​the square - with and without an appointment (www.testzentren-q-heidelberg.de). Another Q test center will open on Monday in Pfaffengrund (Kurpfalzring 111). And also in the Poststrasse in Bergheim on the parking lot there, a quick test center is to go into operation in the course of the next week. From the beginning of May, Q-Meditec also wants to offer tests on the Neckarwiese and Neckarmünzplatz in the old town.

The company Aspilos now also operates four test centers in Heidelberg: The most central one is the small tent at the anatomy garden in Hauptstrasse. The location on the parking lot of the Landfried site in Bergheim has now been added (www.aspilos.de).

The floating test center on the ship "Alt Heidelberg", which is anchored directly in front of the town hall (www.schnelltest-service.de), is also well located for a test. In addition, many pharmacies and medical practices across the city offer rapid tests.

Everyone can get a free test once a week at all test centers: the federal government bears the costs.

Info: An overview of the test offers in the city is available from the city at www.heidelberg.de/testen.

Update: Friday, April 23, 2021, 5:59 p.m.


The tightened "emergency brake" rules will apply from Friday

Heidelberg. (RNZ) In Heidelberg, from Friday, April 23rd, stricter rules in the fight against the corona pandemic will apply again. The city announces that.

The seven-day incidence was therefore exceeded for three days with the value of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The "emergency brake" must now be pulled. The figures from the State Health Office (LGA) are decisive.

While infections are very rare in Heidelberg schools and kindergartens, there have recently been relevant outbreaks in individual companies and the arrival center for refugees.

As a result of the "emergency brake", the following regulations will apply in Heidelberg from Friday, April 23rd:

> To meet are only allowed with members of your own household and another person who does not belong to the household (children up to and including 14 years of age do not count).

> Mandatory periods from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Exit restrictions. The apartment or accommodation may only be left in exceptional cases.

> shops with products for daily needs are open taking into account hygiene requirements and tightened personal restrictions on the sales area.

> Are closed Construction and Raiffeisen markets. Garden centers stay open.

> Other retail trade is allowed only "Click & Collect" offer - i.e. the collection of goods ordered in advance in a fixed time window. Delivery services remain possible.

> Museums, Galleries, zoological and botanical gardens as Memorials must close to the public. This also applies to the Heidelberg Zoo and the Palatinate Museum. The City library is not affected.

> Music, art and youth art schools are only allowed to offer online lessons.

> The presence offers of the open child and youth work in all parts of the city must be discontinued. The Youth centers inform about digital offers on their websites. The specialists at the Heidelberg youth centers can still be contacted with advice services for children and young people on site and in person.

> Sports May only be practiced in the open and in closed rooms without contact, alone, in pairs or with members of the own household. On extensive sports facilities such as golf courses or riding arenas, several groups can be active in individual sports if it is impossible for the groups to meet one another. The Outdoor sports facilities the city of Heidelberg will be closed again for club sports.

> Body-hugging services like Cosmetics-, nail-, massage-, Tattoo- and Piercing studios as cosmetic foot care are prohibited, as is the operation of Tanning salons.

> Who Hairdressing services would like to perceive, needs proof of a daily negative COVID-19 rapid test, proof of vaccination or proof of a confirmed and survived infection. Free citizen tests can be used for this.

The following applies to schools in Heidelberg:

> For all grade levels: Alternating instruction models plus compulsory test. In alternating lessons, it must be ensured that the distances are maintained and that the different learning groups do not meet.

> Incidence-independent Compulsory test for pupils as well as compulsory tests for teachers in face-to-face operation The compulsory test also applies to visits to emergency care.

The emergency brake is deactivated if the incidence is below 100 for five consecutive days.

Relaxations will then come into force on the day after next. The benchmark for incidence-dependent measures is the data from the Baden-Württemberg State Health Office.

Outlook: The nationwide emergency brake approved by the Bundestag on Wednesday, April 21, is currently not yet in force. It is possible that the state of Baden-Württemberg will adjust its Corona regulation again to the federal regulation. The city of Heidelberg is currently not aware of whether and when this will happen. The city assumes that the regulations in Heidelberg, which will apply from April 23, will be in effect this coming weekend.

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