Are the corona measures in Baden-Württemberg controlled? – SWR current

Curfew for non-vaccinated and non-recovered people as well as FFP2 mask requirement indoors: Both are only randomly checked by the police and local authorities in BW.

When the first exit restrictions came into force in Baden-Württemberg in December 2020, they were extensively controlled. There were police checks at the exits. Even when there were curfews for the unvaccinated at the end of 2021, there were checkpoints. Since the incidence has now risen to over 500 in many districts and municipalities, curfews are again in force in many places. Inquiries to the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Interior and to individual cities show that this time there do not seem to be any targeted checks.

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Exit restrictions for unvaccinated people now apply in 29 of the 44 urban and rural districts in BW. The measures are intended to curb the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant.

Curfews are randomly checked

The local authorities and the regulatory office are responsible for control measures, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior told SWR on Tuesday. “The police can intervene to provide support if necessary.” The city of Stuttgart also confirmed this when asked by SWR: “The police and the municipal enforcement service check compliance with the curfew for unvaccinated people as part of their patrols on a random basis and on a case-by-case basis (i.e. if there is suspicion of a person or group of people).” However, according to the city and ministry, there is no targeted action or control.

The police are not allowed to check proof of vaccination or recovery

A spokesman for the Heilbronn police headquarters said on Monday at SWR’s request that the police, as part of their control measures, ensure compliance with the night-time exit restrictions for non-immunized people. However, he also made it clear that the police had no legal basis for checking vaccination or recovery status. In principle, however, a survey on a voluntary basis is possible. Statements by controlled persons could also be clues, the spokesman said. Violations would be consistently reported.

FFP2 mask obligation is the responsibility of the owners

Since the FFP2 mask requirement refers to closed rooms, the owners or proprietors of the premises are responsible for compliance with this regulation, the spokesman for the ministry continued. The police come into play when they are called in the event of a violation of the FFP2 mask requirement. “But of course the police don’t turn a blind eye even during regular patrols if a violation of these rules is noticed,” said the spokesman.


An FFP2 mask hangs on the rearview mirror of a car.  (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance/dpa | Philipp von Ditfurth)

After the federal-state conference, the Corona rules will also be adjusted in Baden-Württemberg. Among other things, there has been a stricter FFP2 mask requirement since Wednesday January 12th.

A comprehensive control of the FFP2 mask requirement is likely to be difficult for most municipalities to implement. This is indicated by a statement by Maximilian Lipp, head of the regulatory office in Karlsruhe. You can’t do that as a regulatory office, Lipp said at a press conference last week. However, if there are indications of violations, we will take action. “In this pandemic, we depend on those affected to understand and participate.” If the regulations are not accepted, there is no chance.

Will the regulations soon no longer apply?

Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) recently said that he did not want to speak of any easing of the corona measures. Reliable data on the new Omikron variant was still missing. But he doesn’t want to rule it out. Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens), on the other hand, emphasized that he would like to extend the FFP2 mask requirement to public transport. It seems clear that the state government wants to make improvements with the next regulation at the beginning of February.

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Winfried Kretschmann (Bündnis 90Die Grünen) (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance/dpa | Marijan Murat)

For the time being, no easing of “Alarm Level II” in Baden-Württemberg. According to Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), there is still too little reliable data on the omicron variant.

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