The City of Paris partners with the Ministry of Culture to support the performing arts

In mid-April, before the Senate culture committee, Minister of Culture Frank Riester announced the creation of an Emergency Performance Fund (FUSV) with 5 million euros. The initiative responded to the call from the National Syndicate of Private Theater (SNDTP) asking for financial assistance so that the fabric of private theaters – mostly Parisians -, entrepreneurs of theater shows and live performance companies (theater, dance, circus, street arts, puppets) that are not subsidized cannot be reduced to a frenzy because of the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic. Affected, the sector estimated at the end of April its losses at 63 million euros in turnover, for the first two months of confinement alone.

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By announcing the creation of this fund – managed by the Association for the support of private theater (ASTP) which, via an online platform, centralizes requests – the Minister of Culture had also invited the City of Paris and the local authorities to associate with it.

Voted on May 18, aid from the City of Paris will be capped at 15 million euros

Alongside Adami (Society of services to performers) which provides financial support of € 200,000 to this fund, the City of Paris confirmed its aid in a press release published on Tuesday, May 12. The municipality specifies that this fund “ intended to cover part of the fixed costs excluding payroll (Editor’s note: rents, electricity costs), which persist despite the lack of activity “, And this, in addition compensation for partial unemployment or the solidarity fund for companies

The exact amount of the participation of the City of Paris will be voted and announced on May 18, after the Paris Council. In an interview granted to the Parisian on May 4, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has already mentioned the creation of ” a exceptional aid fund of 15 million euros For all the cultural players affected by the consequences of the epidemic. The FUSV will benefit from part of this 15 million euros, we explain to the cabinet of Christophe Girard, deputy mayor of Paris for culture.

Aid therefore different from the 100 million euros in annual subsidies normally allocated to different Parisian cultural institutions. Payment which, it is specified by this same firm, was anticipated by a few weeks taking into account the exceptional circumstances.

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Homelessness in California is getting out of control

San Francisco, Los Angeles It is one of those many sleepless nights again – not because of a long, celebrated party with friends or one of the many festivals for which San Francisco is so famous. It is the everyday noise of despair that does not let you sleep.

My apartment building in the heart of San Francisco is almost 100 years old, the windows are leaking. It doesn’t really matter whether they are closed or open. Every night on the street in front of the window the losers of the digital society scream their anger and frustration from rough throats of the soul. Often for hours. There are drunks, homeless people, drug addicts, uprooted people who never find rest, barefoot and who are wrapped in holey felt blankets.

Her screams are only drowned out occasionally by the sirens of the police vehicles racing across Union Street to O’Farrell Street. Because of the roaring, no patrol has been going on for a long time. Someone has probably been beaten up. Perhaps worse has happened, that’s where the police hunt.

In the morning my San Francisco shows itself from behind the kitchen window with the chipped white paint from the forgiving side. The sky is bright blue, opposite I see historical buildings with richly decorated facades. Next to it is a sparkling white apartment tower from the 1940s, on the top of which an American flag is waving in the summer wind.

I am privileged. My little apartment is on the top floor, and the view from the window shows a bit of heaven and the picturesque side of the west coast metropolis with morning coffee. To see the street below, I would have to lean out of the window. But I don’t do that.

Many homeless people are drawn to California

“California is a shame for the United States,” US President Donald Trump called cheering fans at a campaign event in Ohio. San Francisco and Los Angeles in particular, with their “tent cities and terrible conditions”, are a disaster. Half of all homeless people in the United States lived in California, the president claimed. Officials do not deny that many homeless people move to the south of the states. If you don’t have a roof over your head, of course you go to California, not Alaska.

Jennifer Friedenbach of the citizens’ initiative “Coalition on Homelessness” criticizes a president who only speaks and does nothing against homelessness. “The crisis was triggered in the 80s by another Republican who cut the funds for social housing by 80 percent,” says Friedenbach. It is reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan at the time.

In addition, many people on the street have to deal with psychological problems. And the psychiatric hospitals were closed at the time. The patients just wandered around the street. Many health insurance companies were unable to get treatment for mental illnesses at all before Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama’s health care reform. It just wasn’t paid.

Trump is now blaming the California ruling liberal democrats for the chaos and degrading conditions. They would only be wasting money, the president claims.

California has arrived at the center of the presidential election campaign 2020.

Tents from the homeless

The giant trucks of Hollywood film productions are right next to the tents.

(Photo: Reuters)

California Governor Gavin Newsom is inviting “the whole world”, including illegal immigrants, to live at California’s expense. Was it the week before in Baltimore in democratic Maryland that Trump accused of inhumane conditions (“rat-infested, nobody wants to live there”) or Chicago, the Clinton’s hometown, is San Francisco – again.

Gates prevent homeless people from sleeping in the entrance area

Trump wants to bad-mouth America’s flagship state. At the 2016 election, 66 percent of voters in California voted for democratic competitor Hillary Clinton, compared to more than 90 percent in Silicon Valley.

On the one hand, California is home to the Silicon Valley, home to the film metropolis Hollywood and large parts of the armaments and electronics industry. On the other hand, there is the greatest child poverty in the USA. Homelessness is rising steadily due to rapidly rising rents and property prices.

The street catches up with me when I leave the house through the cast iron front grille that was installed at some point in front of the front door. It prevents homeless people from rolling out their sleeping bags in the entrance area at night, relieving themselves or entering the house through the video-monitored lobby.

Every house here has such grids installed. Here, that’s the limit to the tenderloin. This district was the cultural heart of San Francisco in the 20s and 30s. In a rectangle of seven by seven blocks between Market and Geary Street, and Mason and Van Ness Street, the city council estimates the number of homeless at just under 4,000.

My way to the Moscone event center also takes me past the imposing Glide Church at the intersection of Ellis and Taylor streets. The Glide Memorial United Methodist Church opened in 1931 and is now one of the most liberal churches in the United States and an anchor point for the lost from Tenderloin. When the food distribution is due, the snake is often several hundred meters long, extends around the whole block and sometimes even beyond.

Every evening the tent cities are set up on the sidewalks here and in the surrounding streets. Tattered night dwellings marked by daily assembly and dismantling crowd on house facades and offer their residents a last remnant of deceptive protection, which they sometimes know from a previous life.

At least something can close behind it – even if it’s just a broken zipper.

homelessness

The majority of the homeless have lost their homes because of the ever increasing rents.

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In the largest department store in the city center, near Target, the camping tents have been enclosed in large mesh boxes since 2017. If you want to buy one, you have to contact a seller. The theft rate was too high without this security measure, it is said. Toothpaste, hygiene products for women and shaving supplies are also excluded.

Completely disturbed tourist families make their way through the partially half or not clothed people who are lying apathetically on the sidewalks with or without a sleeping bag. Shocked children cling to the hands of mothers and fathers who are still pulling their suitcases behind them on the way to the hotel. It smells pungent of urine.

The hotels of these tourists are centrally located and bargain prices typically range from $ 200 to $ 500 a night. But it quickly becomes clear that there is a reason for the cheap tariff in the tenderloin.

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Minimum wage rises in more than 20 states and cities in the US – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.

New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.

But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.

In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.

In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.

In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.

Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.

On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.

One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.

But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.

Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.

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Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

“TO
 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his
college.

YOUNG PEOPLE, LESS DEATHS PER CAPITA

California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

The
 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been
compliment.

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

COVID-19 affects children differently than adults. This is what the doctors say in the following video.

The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.

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PETA’s animalists offer 250,000 euros and ‘boloencierros’ if they eradicate Sanfermines forever

They also offer Pamplona, ​​in a letter to the mayor, ‘inflatable’ bulls while 12,000 fighting bulls from the Cabaa Brava will inevitably go to the slaughterhouse

The organizationPETA international animalist(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) sent this Thursday a letter to the mayor of Pamplona, ​​Enrique Maya, in which he offers 250,000 euros to the city if he agrees to eradicate Sanfermines and their subsequent bullfights forever, according to reports Servimedia. Faced with the 142 million economic impact generated by the San Fermn festivities, PETA’s supply remains slightly scarce. They also complete their offer with inflatable bulls while 12,000 fighting bulls go to the slaughterhouse. Fuente Ymbro, one of the ranchers announced at the suspended Bull Fair, has already announced that it will reduce by 50% and send 700 heads of wild cattle to the death rooms, as if they were tame.

PETA has carried out this measure after the town hall of Pamplonica announced last Tuesday that this year’s Sanfermines were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic,disease caused by the new coronavirus.

“With the bullfighting industry in serious financial trouble and the growing opposition to the exploitation of animals for entertainment, I hope you agree that it is high time thatPamplona put an end to this cruel and archaic show“said Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA.

In his letter to the mayor, to which Servimedia had access, Newkirk indicates that the running of the bulls and bullfights are “a holdover from a much less enlightened age, in which people do not understand that animals feel pain and it did not matter to put the safety of their fellow humans at risk. “

“Society has evolved. Today, most people around the world are opposed to what happens in bull running and they hate bullfighting. More than 125 Spanish provinces and cities have recognized that tormenting and sacrificing bulls for Entertainment has no place in the 21st century and they have rejected such barbarism, “he adds.

Later, Newkirk highlights: “With the bullfighting industry in serious financial problems andThe growing opposition to the exploitation of animals for entertainment, I hope you agree that it is time to add Pamplona to that list. “

The founder of PETA stresses that the Sanfermines also generate “protests by women’s rights groups due to the large number of incidents of sexual assault, rape and other forms of violence reported during this pathetic annual exhibition of machismo.”

“This is your time to do the right thing and be globally praised for putting Pamplona in the foreground and for good reason. There are countless fun, non-violent activities that revelers could enjoy to celebrate the San Fermn festival. In addition to the festivities and parades in honor of the patron saint, some cities are adopting a new tradition, the ‘boloencierro’. “

Newkirk alludes to giant 200-kilogram balls falling down the hills as festival goers rush to run past them or get out of their way. “People have described it as an ‘Indiana Jones-style adventure.’ There are no protests, just cheers!”

Note that other cities use ‘inflatable bulls’who “gobble” the runners with their inflatable horns while the crowd dies with laughter “, as well as people inside” inflatable balls that chase the thrill seekers “or” roller-derby “teams with plastic bats on the streets.

We hope you acceptour offer. Together, we can start planning a San Fermn festival for 2021 in which everyone, including animals and their protectors, will applaud, “the letter concludes.

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DuMont invests in regional titles – “Express” editor-in-chief leaves

Neven DuMont house Cologne

After selling several regional newspapers, the DuMont media group plans to invest millions in digital journalism for the remaining Cologne titles.


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Cologne After selling several regional newspapers, the DuMont media group plans to invest millions in digital journalism for the remaining Cologne titles. The journalistic activities in the business area regional media are brought together in an integrated media house in Cologne, which concentrates primarily on the digital further development of “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” and “Express”, as the media group announced on Thursday. The printed editions of the newspapers will continue to exist at the same time.

The realignment also has personnel consequences: DuMont boss Christoph Bauer is interim chairman of the management of the media house, and the previous managing director Philipp Froben will leave the company “by mutual agreement” at the end of April. “Express” editor-in-chief Constantin Blaß leaves the company, the position will no longer exist.

The editor-in-chief of the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”, Carsten Fiedler, will also take over the function of managing editor-in-chief, Newsroom, on May 1, and will be responsible for the journalistic management of the two newspaper titles.

DuMont intends to spend a double-digit million amount for editorial development, digitization and marketing in the next few years and thus strengthen the two brands. The editors of the Blätter already worked together in a joint newsroom in Cologne.

The realignment should not change the editorial size of the media house. As an independent publisher, the house will also take care of areas such as advertisements, radio and event business, it said.

The chairman of the supervisory board, Isabella Neven DuMont, emphasized: “At our home location in Cologne, we will implement the digital transformation of our flagships” Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger “and” Express “with all our might. We are convinced that in the long term we will establish a sustainably successful, primarily digital business model. “

The number of copies of the two regional titles (and “Kölnische Rundschau”) sold in the first quarter of 2020 was 301,961 from Monday to Saturday, according to figures from the information community to determine the distribution of advertising media (IVW), of which 29,168 as e-paper. Circulation numbers have been declining for years – as in the entire media industry in Germany.

DuMont had separated from a total of four regional titles in its portfolio since last autumn: “Berliner Zeitung”, “Berliner Kurier”, “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” and most recently “Hamburger Morgenpost”. In addition to the regional newspaper section, the Cologne media house has two further pillars: business information – here DuMont prepares data for companies and institutions – and marketing technology with marketing software for sales and communication.

DuMont boss Bauer emphasized: “Today, DuMont already generates around half of its group sales and two thirds of its operating profit with digital added value.” The focus is on the further digitization of all business areas.

More: Film productions in the stress test: will broadcasters and streaming services soon run out of content?

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UDLAP brings together experts in the field of medicine to analyze the impact of covid-19 on mental health



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Puebla, Pue.- In a Webinar format, the Universidad de las Américas Puebla brought together specialists from different institutions in order to analyze and discuss the epidemiological surveillance of Covid-19 and its impact on mental health.

The virtual conference began with the participation of Dr. Araceli Soria Córdoba, an epidemiologist from UDLAP Medical Services, who spoke about epidemiological surveillance at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla and said that the educational institution was carried out from the January, prevention activities through posters and brochures where prevention measures were reported to prevent the transmission or spread of the coronavirus.

Currently with all the guidelines at the federal level we have applied on campus a sanitization of all the university facilities, so that when the university community returns they are clean of any infection. The first stage was sanitation, later we put the monitoring health units at the entrance to the campus, so we have our filter from the entrance to prevent the spread of the infection, ”said Dr. Araceli Soria, who ended her participation saying that the UDLAP adheres to the regulations of the federal and state level of the Ministry of Health, to achieve containment of the spread of the Coronavirus.

The presentation continued with the participation of Dra. Claudia Salamanca Vázquez, epidemiologist of the Sanitary Jurisdiction 5 of the Secretary of Health of the State of Puebla, with the topic · Epidemiological Surveillance of the disease COVID-19 in the jurisdiction ”, where she gave An overview of how epidemiological surveillance works and spoke about the importance of communities knowing how health services work.

Epidemiological surveillance must be continuous, timely, and reliable, as it helps us measure the health conditions we are in, as well as, it helps us organize information for decision-making, hence its importance, ”stated the Dr. Salamanca, who also released statistics that include the results of conducting epidemiological surveillance that occur from different places such as private practices, universities and health clinics.

To keep this issue of COVID-19 updated, a platform called SISVER was created that allows viewing variables that help a local or national analysis, thanks to obtaining municipal data such as the one that came to us yesterday regarding the municipality of San Andrés Cholula where the status of confirmed cases, negatives, suspects and even deaths is reported; Through this platform the entire population can have accessible information about how the situation is in their place of residence, “he explained.

In his turn, Dr. Roberto Guillermo Calva y Rodríguez, director of the MAC Puebla Hospital, commented on the transmission mechanisms of COVID, as well as what is the diagnostic process that is given to patients with COVID-19, but about all emphasized the measures that must be followed with the entry of phase 3 in Puebla: Recruitment measures at home must be done exhaustively, since greater continuity of patients is expected in this phase.

The last speaker, Marisela Díaz Jiménez, an educational psychologist with extensive experience in crisis intervention, closed the series of presentations with the theme “COVID and its impact on mental health”, in which she mentioned:

The part of the limitation of freedom, that is, the confinement at home, causes a series of impacts on mental health. A situation that I consider important and that is being presented by the closure is the part of having a mental hyper-alert that we can be infected by any situation that we do wrong in the management of security measures. “

Likewise, he said that one of the main questions that are being presented in the mental health of the entire population is the uncertain part of what is going to happen from this contingency, since we do not have data on how the line of action in relation to this pandemic, mentioned the educational psychologist, who finally announced that stress management should be done from home through the following actions: listening to others, being understanding, being empathetic, identifying the needs of each member of the family, and restructure routines that lead to a concept of general interest.

It should be remembered that the University of the Americas Puebla carries out this type of event so that society and its university community are at the forefront of the issues and problems that afflict humanity, so it will maintain this format of conferences and invites you to be aware of the social networks of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla as https://www.facebook.com/universidaddelasamericaspuebla/ to learn about the events that will be taking place online and to those who can register in the league: https: //udlap.mx/webinarsacademia/.

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Corona in NRW: Illegal demo in Cologne ++ These students are required to attend school

  • The current figures from NRW: More than 29,000 confirmed cases, at least 882 deaths but also over 18,000 recovered people
  • You can find out about all further developments in our news blog

NRW is still one of the federal states in which the number of Corona virus-Patients and dead is particularly high. Only in Bavaria is the number still above the most populous federal state in Germany. But: Slowly you can see a trend that gives hope.

Because the number of new infections decreases. The curve no longer rises as much as it did at the beginning of the Corona virusPandemic did. As of Monday, therefore, some easing in NRW: Small and medium-sized businesses are allowed to reopen, and schools are supposed to start operating again slowly. However, the ban on contact continues.

Restaurants, bars and clubs will also remain closed and major events will be canceled until the end of August.

So far on Corona virus in NRW 882 people died. More than 29,000 have become infected in the state. At the same time, the number of those who have overcome the coronavirus is increasing. There are now more than 18,000.

Our live blog informs you about all important corona topics in NRW.



Coronavirus in NRW: All news and developments here in the live blog

The most important decisions for NRW at a glance:

  • As of Monday, shops with less than 800 square meters are allowed to reopen (including bookstores, car and bicycle dealers)
  • A prescribed minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people remains
  • Major events remain prohibited until at least August 31 (including football games, marksmen’s festivals and festivals)
  • Exams and school-based exam preparations should be possible starting next week in compliance with protection concepts

Here you will find all new developments for Coronavirus in NRW.

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Sunday April 19th

9.30 p.m .: Illegal demonstration in Cologne

Around 20 people gathered for a demonstration in Cologne on Sunday afternoon. This was directed against the overriding of basic laws as a result of the Infection Act, which allows the government to restrict the right of assembly, for example.

As the “picture“Reported, the chairwoman of the meeting received a violation of the right to hold meetings, and 20 others received fines. In recent days there have been demonstrations across Germany against the far-reaching restrictions. Some media, such as “Belltower news“Imputed to be close to conspiracy theorists. The term “transverse front” also comes up because people from the left and right spectrum gathered.

7.30 p.m .: Students angrily turn against the state government

It is probably one of the controversial issues in North Rhine-Westphalia. In March, schools across the country were closed. The goal: contain and reduce infections with the new corona virus as quickly as possible. However, many pupils will feel degraded to guinea pigs by the school openings in the coming week.

That’s why they turned to politics and the public in an emotional video. The central message: “We are afraid.” You can find the video >>>here.

6.45 p.m .: Semester start at the universities

The summer semester starts for hundreds of thousands of students at the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia – but only online due to the corona pandemic. Until face-to-face events at the 70 universities in NRW are possible again, many students in the state will largely sit in front of the screen in the video chat instead of in the lecture hall

6:00 p.m .: Current city figures

Individual cities announced the current Corona figures in the evening:

  • Düsseldorf: 911 infected people, of which 325 are still infected, 14 people have died
  • Dortmund: 601 infected people (+5), of which 187 are currently still infected, three people have died
  • Essen: 680 infected people, of which 255 are still infected, 30 deaths related to Corona

5.50 p.m .: Laschet wants more government aid for the car industry

Prime Minister Laschet calls for more government support for the automotive industry. “Our automotive industry quickly needs prospects for sales, liquidity and growth,” Laschet told the “Handelsblatt”. “We will have to talk about intelligent investment stimulus very soon.” In this context, the politician is calling for an auto summit soon.

The decision to open car dealerships can only be effective if digital approval and quick approvals for the construction of charging stations follow, Laschet said.

5.30 p.m .: Compulsory school attendance again for these students from Thursday

As of Thursday, school attendance will again apply to a few thousand students in NRW. According to the Ministry of School, this includes students in final classes at secondary schools, special schools and vocational colleges that are about to take exams.

The high school graduates before the Abitur are an exception: You can attend school voluntarily from Thursday. Previously, there had been ambiguity in some of those affected. Schoolchildren with previous illnesses can be exempted from compulsory schooling after consultation. This regulation means that no more than ten percent of the students in NRW will have to take classes again from Thursday, the school ministry said on Sunday.

5:00 p.m .: Services should be possible again

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has spoken out in favor of reopening churches, mosques and synagogues for services. In the next few days he would “discuss the question of church services again”, Laschet announced on Sunday on Deutschlandfunk.

It is a “massive interference with fundamental rights that religions can no longer meet in synagogues, in churches for prayer,” said the Düsseldorf Prime Minister. “When you open shops again, you can also pray in churches.”

4.10 p.m .: Satisfaction with state government increased – residents required to wear a mask

In the corona crisis, the satisfaction of citizens in North Rhine-Westphalia with their state government increased significantly. 70 percent of those entitled to vote gave it a positive certificate, according to the current NRW trend, which the research institute Infratest dimap created on behalf of the WDR magazine “Westpol”. That is 26 percentage points more than in November.

In addition, more than half of the citizens of North Rhine-Westphalia would like a general mask requirement and the voluntary use of Corona apps for further dealing with the pandemic, as dimap also determined. 60 percent of the respondents who are representative of the NRW population would support a general obligation to wear protective measures to enable more normality in the Corona crisis. 63 percent also consider the voluntary use of apps with which infection chains can be tracked to be a good idea.

3:35 pm: Politicians are now demanding open Sundays

To strengthen the retail sector, which had been weakened by the Corona crisis, Carsten Linnemann, deputy union group leader, has asked for Sundays that are open to sales. “We must immediately loosen the ban on Sunday opening for shops,” said Linnemann of the “Rheinische Post”, with a view to the limited possibilities so far, especially for grocery stores for sale on Sundays.

It was necessary to use an additional day to sell the goods “so that the retail sector can absorb some of the losses,” said the head of the SME and Economic Union. He also advocated further open debates on how the state should reduce personal and economic constraints in the Corona crisis. “We have to discuss exit scenarios,” said the CDU politician. He was glad that NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) initiated this debate before Easter: “Otherwise we would not be as far as we are now.”

3 p.m .: Düsseldorf distributes hygiene kits in local transport

They are already part of everyday life in Asia, and there are more and more in NRW every day: mouth-nose protection masks (MNS). As of Monday, the city of Düsseldorf will distribute so-called hygiene kits in order to be able to use public transport safely.

100,000 masks are made available, and the fire department packed them into the kits.

From Monday, April 20, stands will be set up at the large public transport stops where the hygiene kits will be distributed. “The health of our passengers and employees is a top priority,” emphasizes Klaus Klar, CEO and Labor Director of Rheinbahn. “Since we assume that the number of passengers will increase, we want to make sure that those who travel on the Rheinbahn can get to their destination safely and safely. That is why we accompany the entry by service staff at highly frequented stops, so that there is enough space in our vehicles to keep the minimum distance. We also recommend wearing a nose and throat protector as we provide it if passengers do not have their own protection. “

1.30 p.m .: The number of infected people increases only slightly

From Saturday to Sunday, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in North Rhine-Westphalia rose only relatively slightly. The health ministry counted 29,580 infected on Sunday afternoon, according to a message. The previous day it was 29,155. The number of deaths previously tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 rose to 882, 20 more than on Saturday. Fortunately, the number of people who recovered rose significantly more: on Sunday there were already 18,036 people recovered, a good 500 more than the previous day.

In the intensive care units, 2988 beds were free on Sunday, 1959 of them with ventilators. At the time of registration, 630 intensive care beds were occupied by Covid 19 sufferers, of which 472 were artificially ventilated, slightly less than on Saturday.

12.45 p.m .: Hernerin gets toilet paper and is robbed

The wallet was stolen from a woman from Herne while she was in a supermarket. Toilet paper was delivered in these and placed on the shelves. It happened when customers huddled on the shelf to get toilet paper.

The woman got hold of the longed-for toilet paper, but had to find at the cash register that her wallet had been stolen in the crowd. When filing the advertisement, the woman remembered four 30 to 40 year old people – a man and three women. The quartet obviously belonged together and came very close to the Hernerin in the crowd.

11.40 a.m .: This is how the school should open

Before the gradual opening in the coming week, the school ministry informed the schools in North Rhine-Westphalia about the necessary hygiene requirements. The central rule is: keep your distance. For example, the learning groups have to be set up in such a way that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained between the students and the teachers.

In addition, students or teachers with symptoms of lessons and exams should be excluded. It should also be ensured that drinking bottles or glasses are not shared. In addition, the guidelines provide sufficient sinks and soap dispensers so that hands can be washed regularly. In addition, the general corona label – i.e. sneezing and coughing in the elbows and not shaking hands – is recommended. The state does not have to wear a general mask in schools.

The school staff now has until Wednesday to implement the measures. From Thursday, the first high school graduates who are about to take their exams will be allowed to come back to school on a voluntary basis.

10.50 a.m .: Land NRW issues guidelines on the ban on contact

From Monday, shops with less than 800 square meters can reopen under certain conditions. In addition, shops such as book and bicycle shops that are larger are allowed to open.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has now released details on the conditions. According to the retail decree, the area that is accessible to the customer and that is directly related to the sales process is decisive. One person may be admitted at the same time per ten square meters of retail space in accordance with the NRW Retail Decree.

8.30 a.m .: Ordnungsamt has to dissolve meetings in Essen

The regulatory office in Essen had to dissolve numerous gatherings of people on Friday. It was particularly bad in the Altendorf district. There, several people had sunbathed around the Niederfeldsee. Referrals had to be given.

The law enforcement officers also had to intervene in the Stadtgarten, Brehminsel and Löwental.

How many violations there were will be announced on Monday.

Saturday April 18

10:31 p.m .: Police Oberhausen warns of grandchildren trick

The Oberhausen police warned on Twitter about a new so-called grandson trick. According to this, fraudsters would report on the phone that the son of the called party was seriously ill with Corona and needed an expensive drug from America. In at least ten senior citizens, the fraudsters had tried the trick.

The police recommend dialing 110 directly in the event of such a call.

7:00 p.m .: No seats in NRW!

At lunchtime it became known that pupils in Hesse did not have to worry about being transferred during the Corona crisis. NRW has now followed suit. Here, too, students in the current school year should generally be transferred to the next higher grade.

It would be impossible for students in NRW to remain seated – no matter how bad the grades looked before the school closed.

6.30 p.m .: Current figures from Essen and Dortmund – Police Duisburg with urgent warning

The city of Essen has now published the latest figures on the corona virus on Twitter. As a result, 255 people are currently ill in the city, 391 have already recovered and 30 people have died. In Dortmund, five other people have been infected with the corona virus since yesterday. This increases the number of confirmed cases to 596. However, 393 have already recovered. The large number of those who have already survived the virus give hope.

Also on Twitter, the Duisburg police warned of a dangerous scam. For example, fraudsters would send emails with malware on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health. These would have the subject: “This is the changed employee application form for illness within the Employee Act”

4:00 p.m .: Current figures from Bochum – Stadt with retail checklist

In Bochum, a total of 402 people tested positive for the corona virus. 106 of them are currently infected.

The city has also published a checklist for retail stores. It comprises two points. On the one hand, the “regulation of the customer flow” with aspects such as “distance lines as a signal for customers” or “minimum distance between open cash registers”, on the other hand, “hygiene measures” such as “customer announcements to comply with the protective measures” or “protective device (eg plexiglass panels) to protect the cash register personnel and the customer ”. The list is meant to be a guide for retailers.

3.20 p.m .: The number of infected people increases significantly

The number of people infected with the coronavirus has risen again in North Rhine-Westphalia. In total, there have been 29,155 infections since the pandemic began, the NRW Ministry of Health announced on Saturday. That is almost 550 more known cases than on Friday. The number of deaths previously tested positive for coronavirus rose to 862 – 54 more than the previous day. 17,502 people recovered, 478 more than on Friday.

On Saturday, 2,904 beds were still available in the intensive care units, 1,942 of them with ventilators. 632 intensive care beds were occupied by Covid 19 patients at the time of registration, of which 486 were artificially ventilated.

1.35 pm: City Day demands that schools be opened later

In view of the hygiene measures required due to Corona, the NRW City Council has asked the state to open the schools at the earliest from April 27th. “Starting from April 23 already poses considerable problems for the municipal school authorities,” said Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann, Mayor of Hamburg and Mayor of Hammer, on Saturday. The country’s current plan provides that as of Thursday (April 23), students who are about to take final exams can voluntarily return to school.

“The schools have to be cleaned thoroughly, the hygienic requirements for protection against infections created, rooms prepared and the schoolchildren organized.” To do this, you need at least a lead time of one working week. The state would also have to further specify the hygiene requirements and the size of the permitted learning groups.

12.10 p.m .: Distance required in public transport

Everywhere in the public and preferably in private space should be kept 1.5 meters away from the next person. This is often not possible in local public transport. Now the Deutsche Bahnkunden-Verband (German Railway Customers’ Association) demands that there should also be a regulation for this in public transport.
This begins, for example, with the strengthening of the school bus offer in rural regions so that the pupils can keep the minimum distance.

The association also demands that transport companies at least double the space available. This is the only way for passengers to keep the distance. They also suggest converting the seats into buses and trains. The additional costs are to be borne by municipalities and public authorities.

10.12 a.m .: First person died in Herne

A human being died in Herne for the first time because of the corona virus. So far, the city has had no deaths, now it has to mourn the first Covid 19 death.

There are a total of 122 infected people in Herne, 60 of whom are considered healthy.

9.30 a.m .: No wearing protective masks while driving

Despite the corona virus pandemic, there is no license for drivers to wear protective masks in NRW. Depending on the individual case, police officers would decide whether wearing a respirator at the wheel was medically justified, the NRW Interior Ministry informed the German Press Agency on request.

Health protection is a top priority. However, if the police had evidence that the masking of the face was being used deliberately to commit administrative offenses, they could still impose a fine. Basically, drivers are not allowed to cover their face so much that it is no longer recognizable.

Friday April 17th

9:36 pm: “Fridays For Future” wants to strike at school start

The environmental movement “Fridays For Future” called on schoolchildren to go on strike when school started again. The organization wrote on Twitter: “Health expert Armin Laschet wants to open the schools in North Rhine-Westphalia next week – you can see what people think of it under #SchulboykottNRW.” Under the hashtag, numerous users had expressed their displeasure at the relaxation of the protective measures.

“We say: stay at home on April 24th, protect your fellow human beings and do # Network strike for climate With! This is how we fight both crises, ”said the organization. Until May 4, participation in the class is still voluntary.

8.30pm: Unknowns steal thousands of protective masks

Unknown persons stole around 3000 protective masks from the clothing chamber of the German Red Cross (DRK) in Paderborn. The police report. The thieves broke the door to the dressing room between Thursday and Friday. There they searched some boxes and distributed the contents on the floor. They took the boxes with the 3000 medical protective masks, according to a police spokesman. The DRK initially suspected a higher number of stolen masks. So far, there was no evidence of the perpetrators.

7:53 p.m .: IKEA does not open on Monday despite special permission

Despite the special permission of the state, the furniture chain IKEA will not open its branches in NRW on Monday. A spokeswoman for the German press agency said on Friday that they wanted to take the necessary precautions for health protection and that this was not possible in the short term. “But of course we want to open it again as soon as possible.” Whether this could happen in the coming week is still unclear.

With a special permit for furniture stores and baby specialty stores, NRW is following its own path that goes well beyond the requirements of the federal government.

5:01 p.m .: No shortening of the summer vacation in NRW

Because of the weeks of teaching, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) brought a shortening of the summer vacation into play. However, the state ministers of culture do not support this proposal.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s school minister Yvonne Gebauer (FDP) also said that the summer holidays in her country would not be shortened. There are no such considerations in her ministry.

16:29: death in Oberhausen old people’s home

A resident of the Martha Grillo senior center in Oberhausen died of an infection with the corona virus. The “WAZ” reports. The 91-year-old was therefore hospitalized on Thursday, where she died today.

All employees and residents of the home are now to be tested for a possible Covid 19 disease.

4 p.m .: Düsseldorf opens new diagnostic center

The state capital of Düsseldorf relocated the location of the diagnostic center to Siegburger Straße. This makes it possible to continue performing around 800 tests a day. The new center opens on Wednesday April 22nd.

All people who live or work in Düsseldorf and at the same time complain of symptoms of illness such as dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever can contact the info phone 0211-8996090. If necessary, an appointment for the corona test would be arranged there with each caller.

11.15 a.m .: Nice weather on weekends: Many non-contact violations?

At the weekend, the regulatory authorities in NRW face a lot of work again. For the West, a lot of sun and rising temperatures are predicted for Saturday and Sunday – in the past this had led to an increasing number of violations of “social distancing”. Once again, the regulatory agencies will patrol – sometimes with the support of the police – to comply with the ban on contact. There are severe penalties.

8.45 a.m .: Emergency aid should start again today

On Friday, after the suspension of the aid program due to fraud, the self-employed and entrepreneurs will be able to apply for the Corona emergency aid of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia again. The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economics initially stopped the emergency aid program for self-employed and small businesses on Maundy Thursday after a scam was uncovered in which data were collected via “fake websites” and reported to the ministry using incorrect account details.

The Ministry of Economy announced that the application form would be available online again later today on the official website of the ministry.

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6.45 a.m .: Because of Corona? Public order cars lit.

Three vehicles from the Ordnungsamt in Bielefeld burned on Friday night. It was apparently arson, as a police spokesman said in the morning. Since a connection to the Corona crisis, in which the regulatory office is significantly involved in complying with the prohibitions on contact, cannot be ruled out, state security also determined, it said.

Firefighters could have saved one of the three cars from being destroyed, and the other two had been severely damaged. The search for the alleged arsonist has so far been unsuccessful. The vehicles were parked in front of the regulatory office in Ravensberger Park. The damage amount is not yet known.

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Does the virus accelerate the end of the car-friendly city?

Berlin So far, Berlin has not been seen as a city that is driving a consequent turn in traffic. The red-red-green Senate is painstakingly working through its 2018 Mobility Act, which is also supposed to motivate people to switch to bus, train, cycling and foot traffic for reasons of climate protection.

The corona crisis of all places is now giving the capital more momentum. Several districts of Berlin are creating new bike lanes in record time in order to get people to ride bicycles, relieve the public transport system and thus minimize the risk of infection with the virus.

As long as many people work from home, there are often only a few passengers on the bus and train, the risk of infection is low. But when public life picks up again, shops and soon also schools open again, the bicycle could be one of the few means of transportation that can be used to move around the city largely without risk of infection.

The debate about pandemic mobility – mobility with less risk of infection – has started. “Do we have the courage to rethink the city?” Asks the Changing Cities association, advocate a sustainable change in transport. Changing cities do not explicitly consider transportation in the Infection Protection Act, according to Changing Cities, but because the distance rules would last for months, “now has to be planned for the phase after the first lockdown and pandemic mobility infrastructure must be created for everyone”.

In an open letter to Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and the State Transport Ministers last week, numerous mobility initiatives called on governments to take action to ensure safe mobility in the coming months.

Widen footpaths, bike traffic on the road

Keeping the distance is the order of the day. However, in order for the recommended safety distance to be maintained, “a rapid change in the division of the road space is urgently needed,” the letter says. The federal and state governments are asked to create the regulatory framework so that roads can be “quickly and easily redesigned”.

Specifically, it is about the widening of footpaths, the laying of cycle paths on the road – at least temporarily – and the opening of selected streets for sole bicycle and foot traffic. Traffic lights should be reprogrammed and a priority switch for cycling and pedestrian traffic should be created so that large groups do not form that wait for green.

According to the associations, long traffic jams would be inevitable if people would make more use of the car after easing contact restrictions. Alternative solutions to cars would have to be available, especially for commuters, otherwise there would be a risk of a traffic collapse in cities. The Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) appeals to the municipalities to get creative and make it easier for people to switch to bicycles.

There are already examples abroad: the Colombian capital Bogotá, for example, has rededicated more than a hundred kilometers of car lanes on multi-lane main roads to temporary cycle lanes in order to give cyclists more space, to relieve local public transport and to prevent people from getting on the crowded buses Infect the virus. New York has also set up temporary wheel tracks.

The district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is a pioneer in Berlin. “We find that our infrastructure is unsuitable for the current situation,” said Felix Weisbrich, head of the district’s road and green space office, the Berlin “Tagesspiegel”. Weisbrich considers additional cycle paths as infection prevention during the corona crisis to be absolutely necessary so that cyclists can keep the minimum distance from each other.

In the meantime, other districts such as Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf have concrete plans for bicycle-friendly traffic routing – even in car lanes. Berlin’s Senator for Transport Regine Günther (Greens) is talking to several districts about possible new routes.

Basically, these new cycle paths are shown for a limited time. But some politicians are already seeing the first steps towards slowly moving away from the car-friendly city. “Planned permanent cycle paths are already being implemented today,” the traffic senator recently tweeted.

Districts create jobs for cycle path planners

The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Road and Green Area Office also wants to make the most of the moment and is currently offering several positions for a “drafting for difficult and extensive new road construction and conversion work – focus on cycling”. “Vlt. does the job description sound stupid. ”, Weisbrich pushed via short message service Twitter to. But in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, bike paths would not only be designed, but also implemented in a very short time: “For our agile # PopUpBikeLane team, we are still looking for planners who are in love with making.”

A total of 8.2 kilometers of temporary cycle routes have been created in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg since March 25. Another 4.5 kilometers are currently being shown – all plants that were in the pre-planning stage but are now being brought forward in time.

The ADFC is still skeptical: “Berlin’s commitment is certainly very commendable, but in the sense of an effective measure to reduce the risk of infection on busy routes, far from sufficient,” it said on request. “We hope that more will come and that other cities will follow suit.”

The German Railway Customers’ Association (DBV) demanded at the weekend that a minimum distance of 1.5 meters should also be implemented in local public transport. The theoretical occupancy rate for the capacity calculation for trains and buses of four people per square meter must be a thing of the past. “The transport companies have to act immediately and at least double the space available.”

If necessary, seats should also be removed. Additional costs and lost fares should be fully compensated for by the municipalities and public authorities. Anything less would be an escape from financial and political responsibility. “If the top priority is keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, then this must also be feasible in all public transport. That is why structural measures on the platforms and in the vehicles are a matter of course. “

More: How the corona virus affects the everyday life of Germans.

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Does the virus accelerate the end of the car-friendly city?

Berlin So far, Berlin has not been seen as a city that is driving a consequent turn in traffic. The red-red-green Senate is painstakingly working through its 2018 Mobility Act, which is also supposed to motivate people to switch to bus, train, cycling and foot traffic for reasons of climate protection.

The corona crisis of all places is now giving the capital more momentum. Several districts of Berlin are creating new bike lanes in record time in order to get people to ride bicycles, relieve the public transport system and thus minimize the risk of infection with the virus.

As long as many people work from home, there are often only a few passengers traveling by bus and train, and the risk of infection is low. But when public life picks up again, shops and soon also schools open again, the bicycle could be one of the few means of transportation that can be used to move around the city largely without risk of infection.

The debate about pandemic mobility – one with a low risk of infection – has started. “Do we have the courage to rethink the city?” Asks the Changing Cities association, advocate a sustainable change in transport. Changing cities do not explicitly consider transportation in the Infection Protection Act, according to Changing Cities, but because the distance rules would last for months, “now has to be planned for the phase after the first lockdown and pandemic mobility infrastructure must be created for everyone”.

In an open letter to Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and the State Transport Ministers last week, numerous mobility initiatives called on governments to take action to ensure safe mobility in the coming months.

Widen footpaths, bike traffic on the road

Keeping the distance is the order of the day. However, in order for the recommended safety distance to be maintained, “there is therefore an urgent need to change the distribution of the road space quickly,” the letter says. The federal and state governments are asked to create the regulatory framework so that roads can be “quickly and easily redesigned”.

Specifically, it is about the widening of footpaths, the laying of cycle paths on the road – at least temporarily – and the opening of selected streets for sole bicycle and foot traffic. Traffic lights should be reprogrammed and priority for cycling and pedestrian traffic should be created so that large groups do not form that wait for green.

According to the associations, long traffic jams would be inevitable if people would make more use of the car after easing contact restrictions. Alternative solutions to cars would have to be available, especially for commuters, otherwise there would be a risk of a traffic collapse in cities. The Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) appeals to the municipalities to get creative and make it easier for people to switch to bicycles.

There are already examples abroad: The Colombian capital Bogotá, for example, has rededicated more than a hundred kilometers of car lanes on multi-lane main roads into temporary cycle lanes in order to give cyclists more space, relieve local public transport and prevent people from getting on the crowded buses Infect the virus. New York has also set up temporary wheel tracks.

The district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is a pioneer in Berlin. “We find that our infrastructure is unsuitable for the current situation,” said Felix Weisbrich, head of the district’s road and green space office, the Berlin “Tagesspiegel”. Weisbrich considers additional cycle paths as infection prevention during the corona crisis to be absolutely necessary so that cyclists can keep the minimum distance from each other.

In the meantime, other districts such as Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf have concrete plans for bicycle-friendly traffic routing – even in car lanes. Berlin’s Senator for Transport Regine Günther (Greens) is talking to several districts about possible new routes.

Basically, these new cycle paths are shown for a limited time. But some politicians are already seeing the first steps towards slowly moving away from the car-friendly city. “Planned permanent cycle paths are already being implemented today,” the traffic senator recently tweeted.

Districts create jobs for cycle path planners

The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Road and Green Area Office also wants to make the most of the moment and is currently offering several positions for a “drafting for difficult and extensive new road construction and conversion work – focus on cycling”. “Vlt. does the job description sound stupid. ”, Weisbrich pushed via short message service Twitter to. But in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, bike paths would not only be designed, but also implemented in a very short time: “For our agile # PopUpBikeLane team, we are still looking for planners who are in love with making.”

A total of 8.2 kilometers of temporary cycle routes have been created in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg since March 25. Another 4.5 kilometers are currently being shown – all plants that were in the pre-planning stage but are now being brought forward in time.

The ADFC is still skeptical: “Berlin’s commitment is certainly very commendable, but in the sense of an effective measure to reduce the risk of infection on busy routes, far from sufficient,” it said on request. “We hope that more will come and that other cities will follow suit.”

The German Railway Customers’ Association (DBV) demanded at the weekend that a minimum distance of 1.5 meters should also be implemented in local public transport. The theoretical occupancy rate for the capacity calculation for trains and buses of four people per square meter must be a thing of the past. “The transport companies have to act immediately and at least double the space available.”

If necessary, seats should also be removed. Additional costs and lost fares should be fully compensated for by the municipalities and public authorities. Anything less would be an escape from financial and political responsibility. “If the top priority is keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, then this must also be feasible in all public transport. That is why structural measures on the platforms and in the vehicles are a matter of course. “

More: How the corona virus affects the everyday life of Germans

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