Holiday complex on Rügen: will Prora be a normal seaside resort?

“I would never voluntarily spend a night here,” says Christian Schmidt from Sassnitz. “Great holiday apartments right on the sandy beach, we’ll be back,” enthuses a family from North Rhine-Westphalia. Welcome to Prora – no state-approved resort in Germany, perhaps even worldwide, is likely to polarize more. And that’s because of its history. Today the colossus is becoming a controversial vacation spot.

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East Germany: Tips for a holiday with a houseboat or yacht

SSaturday afternoon, in a tributary of the Havel, somewhere in the jungle of the wetlands between Werder and the city of Brandenburg. The journey has come to an end, dock one last time, and then the passengers are back on solid ground.

A slight swaying can still be felt. Is that now due to the waves, which confused the sense of balance last week in the steady, gentle rocking of the stately motor yacht “Galathea”, 14 meters long, with three double cabins, saloon, pantry and two bathrooms? Or does it just show the pleasant confusion after a vacation in a strange world that is in a familiar area but looks like a kind of parallel universe in your own country?

After all, the view of things was different: it was the waterside perspective of the banks of those lakes, rivers, canals, towns and villages in the Margraviate of Brandenburg, southwest of Berlin, which one is actually very familiar with when cycling, jogging or hiking with a dog are.

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Mecklenburg Lake District

How big does the Breitlingsee look when you sail on it, how colossal is the Glienicke Bridge, where Russians and Americans exchanged their agents during the Cold War, from below, how majestic and within reach is the Sacrow Church of the Savior on the banks of the Havel, a historical building Icon, inaccessible during the Walling Period, neither from the West nor the East.

But also the industrial areas, the ports for bulk and general cargo such as in Berlin-Spandau, with their huge rolling cranes, can be seen with different eyes from the houseboat. After work, when the crane operator finishes his work and climbs down and you tie up on the quay opposite, for a sundowner on the upper deck and then to sleep, this scenery only looks bizarre and fantastic, but by no means uncomfortable. And there is something special when the sun rises early in the morning while walking through the steel monster skeleton and the coffee smells on the flybridge.

In a boat across Germany’s lakes

Corona times make people look for alternatives when on vacation. The trend towards destinations in the area, in one’s own country, could last for years. Reason enough to get to know the neighborhood anew, to catch a different glimpse of it, to sail across the lakes, rivers and canals.

With the whole family or with friends; Many motor yachts have room for six, or eight adults if necessary, as well as a board dog. There is something for everyone, for holders of boating licenses as well as for newcomers, who after a short introduction are also allowed to drive spacious boats, with minor restrictions (see below).

Lakes in Germany

Source: WORLD infographic

The east offers the most rewarding inland waters in Germany for a week on a motor yacht or houseboat. The Mecklenburg Lake District is legendary, where nature is still wild and untouched here and there.

The heart of the lake district, the Müritz, is the largest inland lake in the Federal Republic of Germany with over 112 square kilometers – here those who enjoy driving can do a lot of distance. Likewise on the wide Brandenburg water course, the main areas of which are mainly to the west and south-east of Berlin. Mecklenburg, Brandenburg and Berlin together offer over 2000 kilometers of rivers and lakes, this is Germany’s largest networked water sports area.

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If you are looking for pure deceleration instead of shoving around, you will be happy in Saxony-Anhalt: In the Central German Lakeland, which was and is still being built in the renatured areas of the former Goitzsche open-cast lignite mine, you will find a nice range of fixed “floating houses” on Geiseltalsee and Großem Goitzschesee . You can go on water excursions here by canoe or rubber dinghy.

Depending on the size of the houseboat, you can survive a week without mooring once: leave the fairway every evening and out with the anchor. Most charter companies have adapted their refrigerators over the decades to the growth of thirst and customer demands. The diesel supply is always generous, water and waste water tanks are also sufficient with economical consumption – swimming instead of showering.

First nature, then a shore excursion to the restaurant

Nature experiences are guaranteed. Once the engine is off, a giant catfish appears from below in a short arc. In the evening, geese move across the sky high up, water lilies bloom and – depending on the season – a frog croaks in the swamp at the back. At most, the show-offs cause excitement as they hit high waves in their speeding Poser yacht and sweep the wine glasses off the table in the bobbing houseboat.

Every now and then, with all the love for distance, you should moor at one of the countless marinas. The chat there with the neighbors is not only entertaining, useful tips are almost always given about the next stage or the best bakery that you can go to the next morning with the bike you brought with you as a precaution.

The thread of the conversation is already tied in the afternoon when mooring, when a helpful hand catches the thrown rope and routinely covers the cleat with a head blow, i.e. the line is secured against unintentional loosening with a kind of sailor’s knot. And if you have picked the right port from the area guide, the shore excursion will be sweetened with a good restaurant, provided you have reserved in time.

Because of Corona, the demand for yachts is high

In the summer of 2020, Corona ensured that the jetties at the charter companies were empty – and those in the marinas were correspondingly full. Anyone planning a boating holiday for the coming year should start looking for a suitable yacht in good time.

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Large boats offer a lot of space inside – but cause space problems in the ports. For a boat about 14 meters long, jetties are rare. Anyone who probes by phone after 4 or 5 p.m. must expect rejections rather than promises. Maybe the headbridge is still free at the front. Or the steamboat landing – see you tomorrow morning at seven thirty. Hardly any harbor master wants to reserve.

Public quays are more likely to be found in the larger towns, and they are also often full in the high season. It is easier for nine or penalty yachts. There would also be room for a family there. Here and there sailing yachts are also on the move, but if you want to get to know several lakes, connected by canals and rivers with bridges, you would drive more under motor than under sail, with a horizontal mast.

It is important to plan the stages well

Good planning is everything. More than 30 kilometers a day is uncomfortable. Those who anchor in between, who want to walk through Potsdam’s center, Werder, Babelsberg or Brandenburg and avoid worrying about the evening berth, plan shorter stages from the outset.

Especially important for those who like to travel: At the end of the week you have to be back at the charter port – and very punctually, otherwise it will be expensive. If you only plan the return trip on the Friday before the boat is returned (usually Saturday 9 or 10 a.m.), you should think twice about it, given the time-consuming locks and any hectic pace.

Houseboat rafts are popular even if some routes are closed to them and they move slowly

Houseboat rafts are popular, even if some routes are closed to them and move slowly

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Boats up to 15 HP do not require a license. These are either smaller specimens or houseboat rafts with a rectangular hull, which have become increasingly popular recently, even if some routes are closed to them and they are only making slow progress. Which is why the radius for weekly planning has to be set significantly smaller with them.

Most are booked for day trips because they only offer spartan sleeping places. Sometimes they are also equipped as party boats with booming bass loudspeakers and so make those seeking peace and quiet annoyed.

Locks can be a problem in a houseboat

But there are also real swimming bungalows for newcomers in every comfort and price class, inside with cabin suites, professional kitchens and, if necessary, even with a sauna and wood stove. The advantage of these houseboats: They only have a shallow draft, so they can hardly run aground. While the cabin cruiser captain has to feel his way around at walking pace with a fixed view of the echo sounder where the marker barrels tend to be missing in the shallow fairway, a bungalow like this can – carefully – almost advance to the shore.

The worlds then separate when it comes to the mooring maneuvers or, more clearly, in the locks, where the clumsy newcomer in the houseboat just before the crash has to listen to instructions over loudspeakers, more or less friendly and audible for everyone. So if you like it stress-free, choose a route without locks.

Experienced license holders may prefer a traditional yacht. Many things have become easier for those who may have made the appearance decades ago; bow and stern thrusters, for example, have long been standard. Which is why nowadays nobody can be admired from the jetty while “parking backwards” perfectly. With draft beer later in the harbor bar, there is still enough to talk about. By far, of course.

With over 112 square kilometers, the Müritz is the largest inland lake in Germany - recreational captains can do a lot here

With over 112 square kilometers, the Müritz is the largest inland lake in Germany – recreational captains can do a lot here

Source: FlickrVision / Ursula Sander

Tips and information

Houseboat provider: Brandenburg and Berlin: the small landlord mariTeam in Deetz near Werder offers good service, houseboats from 750 euros / week (dialog-charter.de). Kuhnle Tours is based on the Müritz, but also has locations in Berlin and Brandenburg, bungalow boats from 59 euros / night, houseboats from 511 euros / week (kuhnle-tours.de).

Mecklenburg Lake District: Yachtcharter Schulz in Waren an der Müritz has a wide range of houseboats, from 490 euros / week (bootsurlaub.de), as does Müritz Yacht Management, from 649 euros / week (mueritz-yacht.de).

Leipziger Seenland: Seeblick houseboat rental offers fixed houseboats and “floating houses”, for example on the Großer Goitzschesee and Geiseltalsee, from 120 euros / night (hausbootvermietung-seeblick.de).

Requirements: A boating license is often not necessary for many models and areas; more than 900 kilometers can be traveled in East Germany without such a document. Houseboats up to 15 HP are mostly free of license, classified “tourist waterways” are often navigable with boats over 15 HP without a license, a briefing (charter certificate) from the rental company is sufficient. Rules vary regionally and should be requested from the landlord.

Further information: deutschlands-seenland.de; reiseland-brandenburg.de; mecklenburgische-seenplatte.de; blaues-band.de (Central Germany)

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Links to right-wing extremists: Soldier under suspicion of terrorism

In Neubrandenburg, the police searched the house of a soldier. According to taz research, it is a martial artist.

The SEK searched the house of a soldier in Sponholz because of links to right-wing extremists Photo: Felix Gadewolz / dpa

BERLIN taz | SEK deployment on Monday morning in Sponholz near Neubrandenburg: Around 70 officers from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania police search the living and office space of a house directly on the B96. A security company has its headquarters here. And a soldier lives here who is being investigated for preparing a serious state-endangering act of violence. Suspicion of terrorism.

According to taz information, the soldier is called Matthias D., is 40 years old and stationed in the Tollense barracks in Neubrandenburg. This is the location of the 41st Panzer Grenadier Brigade. According to an older local newspaper report, he has been to Afghanistan several times in the past to train a special unit there. According to Nordkurier D. is currently working for a security company that is not in his name.

The Rostock public prosecutor announced that the search was mainly carried out using electronic media in order to substantiate or refute the suspicion. The public prosecutor’s spokesman, Harald Nowack, did not want to say how the suspect was supposed to have planned to endanger public safety. Just this much: Don’t assume that the accused is part of a group. Nor that there is or was any danger to the population.

Rather, the plans are said to have been directed against individuals who are, however, active in security-related positions. “It’s not about a specific number of people who should be attacked by him. It’s about individual people, ”Nowack told taz. And: “It can sometimes be that you are a little big of age.” It could therefore be that the suspect was not aware of the seriousness of certain statements.

Nickname “Odin”

A spokeswoman for the MAD told the taz that the searches on Monday were also preceded by extensive investigations by the military counter-intelligence service and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

The accused Matthias D. has been a martial artist for a Rostock martial arts club for many years. In the past, D. also offered self-defense courses for children. The former kickboxing world champion entered the ring under the name “Odin” at an annual martial arts event organized by the La Familia Fightclub in Halle an der Saale. Well-known right-wing extremists and organized neo-Nazis can also be found among the participants.

D. also competes for the First Fight Team Neubrandenburg. In the past, this was repeatedly noticed due to right-wing extremist activities by its members. The head coach of the martial arts club is Ronny S., the security company in D’s house is registered under the same surname.

A spokesman for the Tollense barracks told the taz that they would first wait for the investigation before deciding on drastic disciplinary measures, such as a ban on wearing a uniform. The person concerned will not continue to perform his service for the time being.

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A 24: Serious bus accident in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – Panorama

A serious bus accident occurred early on Saturday morning on Autobahn 24 near Wöbbelin in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. 31 people were injured, three of them seriously, but these were not in mortal danger, said a police spokesman in Rostock.

The bus went off the road at 5.45 a.m. in the direction of Hamburg between the Wöbbelin and Hagenow junctions and drove into a ditch. Travelers of different nationalities would have sat in the vehicle. The 31 injured came to the surrounding hospitals. The cause of the accident is still being determined, the police spokesman continued. It may be the driver’s microsleep. According to his information, the weather conditions were normal at the time of the accident.

There was initially different information about the number of injuries. The Flixbus company initially confirmed only three injuries to the German press agency. All occupants of the bus, 30 passengers and 2 drivers according to Flixbus, came to hospitals as a precaution. “We can confirm that the driving and rest times were adhered to,” said a Flixbus spokesman. The bus was on the way between Prague and Hamburg.

The NDR quoted the chief emergency doctor on site, four travelers had suffered moderate injuries, but the majority of the passengers were slightly injured or uninjured. It is also said here that all passengers were first taken to hospitals.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility about restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Württemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor applies. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros. Anyone who does not wear a mask on the school premises – outside of the classrooms – can face a fine of at least 25 euros.

Bayern: A mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard fine rate is 250 euros in one-off cases and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask costs at least 50 euros fine, up to 250 euros for “notorious mask refusers”. If someone inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation, they should not have to pay a fine.

Bremen: Anyone who travels in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who travels by bus or train in Hamburg without properly fitting mouth and nose protection and is caught must pay a contractual penalty of 40 euros. The Hamburg authorities are currently examining the form in which a fine can be levied in the future.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail is 50 instead of 25 euros. The upper limit for mask violations is 150 euros.

Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, mask refusers have to pay up to 150 euros, the maximum amount for violations is 10,000 euros.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Saarland: Up to 100 euros must be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation.

Saxony: Violations of the mask requirement in local traffic and in shops will result in a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Trade fairs with more than 500 visitors are also allowed to reopen. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without a seat allocated, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller art and craft markets or flea markets without a large number of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to conditions.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and indoor commercial leisure activities is 750, from October 1, 1000 are possible. Outside, up to 5,000 people are allowed to come together at such events, previously it was up to 1,000.

Brandenburg: Events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. A prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept which, among other things, shows that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at sporting events are allowed provided there is a hygiene concept and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Larger events are possible: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be admitted inside and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: There is an upper limit of 500 visitors for indoor and 1000 for outdoor events for events in the cultural sector.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests will have to be coordinated with the state in the future – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 people participating, stricter requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 150 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 350 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1,000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 people are allowed to watch grassroots and recreational sports subject to certain conditions, including soccer games.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1000 people are allowed in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 500 in closed rooms. From September 17th, events with more than 1000 people should be possible if they are approved separately. The prerequisite is that the sports and cultural organizers present a corona protection concept. This must be approved by the municipalities as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, rifle or wine festivals, sports events with spectators or festivals are possible with the consent of the respective health authority.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility on restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Wuerttemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor should apply. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros.

Bayern: In Bavaria, a mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard rate of fines has been increased to 250 euros in one-off cases and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask will cost a fine of 50 to 250 euros in the future.

Bremen: Anyone who is in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who travels by bus or train in Hamburg without properly fitting mouth and nose protection and is caught must pay a contractual penalty of 40 euros. The Hamburg authorities are currently examining the form in which a fine can be levied in the future.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail will increase from 25 to 50 euros on Friday. The upper limit for mask violations in MV is 150 euros and was only tightened in mid-August.

Lower Saxony: According to the current catalog of fines, there is a risk of significantly higher penalties for corona violations – up to 150 euros for mask refusers.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not comply with the mask requirement will have to pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate in the future.

Saarland: In the future, up to 100 euros will have to be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation. So far, fines of up to 500 euros have been due for those who do not ensure that everyday masks are worn in their public area of ​​responsibility.

Saxony: Since Tuesday, violations of the mask requirement in local transport and in shops have been subject to a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Wuerttemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Trade fairs with more than 500 visitors are also allowed to reopen. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without an allocation, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller arts and crafts markets or flea markets without large numbers of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to certain conditions.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and commercial leisure activities indoors is 750, from October 1, 1000 are possible. Outside, up to 5,000 people are allowed to come together at such events, previously it was up to 1,000.

Brandenburg: Public and private events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are prohibited until New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. On Tuesday, the Senate laid the legal basis for trade fairs and major events to be held exceptionally and subject to conditions, even with more participants. Requirements for such gatherings are a hygiene concept and a distance of at least 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must also record the names of the participants.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at sporting events are allowed provided a hygiene concept is in place and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Larger events are possible: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be admitted in rooms and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: Trade fairs are closed to the public. For events in the cultural sector, for example, there is an upper limit of 500 visitors.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests will have to be coordinated with the state in the future – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 participants, more stringent requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 150 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 350 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 people are allowed to watch grassroots and recreational sports subject to certain conditions, including soccer games.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1000 people are allowed in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 500 in closed rooms. From September 17th, events with more than 1000 people should be possible if they are approved separately. The prerequisite is that the sports and cultural organizers present a corona protection concept. This must be approved by the municipalities as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, shooting or wine festivals, sporting events with spectators or festivals are possible with the approval of the respective health authority.

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Daycare centers are the worst in these federal states

A good daycare center is now difficult to find. Often they are already full and heavily overloaded. A study has published current figures on the federal states in which daycare conditions are particularly poor.

According to an analysis by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the majority of all daycare children in Germany attend a facility with too few staff. Even if the personnel situation has improved in recent years, as of the survey date in 2019, 74 percent of kindergarten and crèche children had fewer skilled workers than the experts’ recommendations, the Gütersloh-based foundation announced on Tuesday. In addition, the groups in more than half of all institutions are too large.

Up to eight children for one teacher

On a nationwide average, on the reference date of the survey in March 2019, one specialist was looking after 4.2 small children in a daycare center. In the kindergarten groups for the elderly, there is one teacher for 8.8 children. The actual support situation is often even more tense because vacancies, times for tasks outside the group or absent colleagues due to vacation, training or illness are not recorded at all, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Under these conditions, daycare centers could not or only partially implement their educational mandate, so the criticism. “If a specialist is responsible for too many children, they cannot cater to the needs of the individual, consider personal development or the family background,” says Anette Stein, who is responsible for early childhood education at the foundation. Individual support falls by the wayside. “Then we talk about pure care services with effects on language development, motor skills and the well-being of children.”

Differences between East and West

Although the creation of daycare places has been successfully promoted in recent years, clear differences between eastern and western German federal states remain visible: While groups in the east tend to be more child-friendly in size, the personnel key is still worse than in many western German states. On the other hand, the qualification level of the staff is higher in the east.

Saxony brings up the rear

According to the study, kindergarten teachers in Saxony have to look after most of the children at the same time. For 96 percent of the children in officially registered daycare groups, there was recently not enough specialist staff available. According to the “Ländermonitoring Frühkindliche Bildungsungssysteme” (regional monitoring for early childhood education systems), Saxony ranks behind Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at the bottom of the league nationwide. The “not child-friendly staffing” therefore affects both the under three year olds as well as the older daycare children in the Free State.

In Saxony, more than 60 percent of those under the age of three were looked after in daycare groups in 2019. According to the study, one specialist in these groups has an arithmetical average of 5.8 children – the Bertelsmann Foundation, on the other hand, recommends a ratio of one to three. Most of the over three-year-olds in Saxony attend groups with a personnel ratio of one in 12.2. The Bertelsmann Foundation recommends an educator for 7.5 children.

Overall, the personnel key in Saxon day nurseries and daycare centers has improved since 2013. Nevertheless, a skilled worker in Saxony has to look after a good five more children than in Baden-Württemberg – the state with the best staffing.

Highly qualified staff

The personnel capacities in Saxony have to be “considerably expanded” so that each child can be supported individually, it is said. In terms of staff qualifications, however, Saxony is at a high level. 82 percent of the educational staff are trained as educators. According to the foundation, this only applies to around two thirds of the workforce nationwide. The annually updated monitoring is based on evaluations of data from the statistical offices and other official statistics.

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Corona: Numerous reports against day tourists | NDR.de – news

As of: 23.08.2020 9:18 a.m. – NDR 1 Radio MV

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Tourists must book at least one night of accommodation in order to be allowed to stay in the northeast. (Archive image)

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania numerous advertisements have been made because of the entry ban for day tourists. Hundreds of people have been illegally in the northeast since the ban began. In Rostock, 110 proceedings against day tourists were initiated or carried out, as the city announced on request. However, the number of proceedings does not have to exactly match the number of tourists affected, as proceedings can also be conducted against several people or repeat offenders could be there, it said. In each case, a fine of 150 euros was imposed.

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Individual day tourism is still prohibited in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Tourists from all federal states are not allowed to come by car or train for a day. At least one night’s accommodation in tourist accommodation must be booked. In the event of a violation, there is a risk of a fine of up to 2,000 euros.

Day tourism with coaches, however, is already allowed again. On Tuesday, the state government in Schwerin will be advising trade unions and municipal representatives, among other things, about possible relaxation of the corona protective measures.

Schwesig gives hope for easing

Immediately before the summit, Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) gave spontaneous visitors hope that they would be able to visit the coasts and lakes in the northeast for just one day. The prerequisite for this are still low numbers of infections. In the past few days, only three new corona infections were usually registered in the northeast. That was significantly less than in the first weeks of August, when the number of cases in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had meanwhile increased again. They very much hope that the numbers will remain stable and low. “The reality is: we have to make up-to-date decisions based on the situation,” said Schwesig, referring to the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Notification not made in all cases

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, almost 400 day tourists have been asked to return home in the north-west Mecklenburg district, as the district announced. Advertisements were only recorded in a minority of the cases, as those concerned mostly showed themselves to be reasonable. Last weekend, eleven advertisements against the ban on day tourism were recorded in northwest Mecklenburg. 72 more reports have been added since the start of the corona pandemic for violations of the entry ban.

Also reports of illegal family visits

Not all of them are day tourists, however, as family members were also illegally in the state when this was not yet possible again. According to the Rostock district, a total of 80 people were illegally staying in the Neubukow-Salzhaff office. No fines were imposed because those affected left the area immediately.

The district of Vorpommern-Rügen spoke of around ten proceedings for illegal residence in the past two weeks. According to a spokeswoman, there have been five ads in Schwerin so far. However, these are not due to day tourists, but to family visits, for example.

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Persistent criticism from the economy

Criticism of the procedure with day tourists in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also came from the neighboring state of Schleswig-Holstein: FDP parliamentary group leader Christopher Vogt accused the state government in Schwerin of “absurd behavior” on Friday. “Since mid-June, all Schleswig-Holstein residents have been able to return to Denmark without justification, but an end to the ban on entry into Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for day tourists is still not in sight,” Vogt told the German press agency. That is bizarre.

Sven Müller from the entrepreneurial umbrella organization VU called for a realistic view of the infection process in the country. No other federal state has such a low infection rate. “Politicians may, can and must trust themselves more. A strategy for a new normality is needed,” demanded the association’s managing director. The time until a reliable vaccine against the corona virus is available could take a long time. “Many industries no longer have this time. You and your employees will soon be left with nothing,” said Müller.

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Dead in fire – cause unclear | NDR.de – News

As of May 31, 2020 6:35 pm

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After a fire in a high-rise building in Greifswald, several apartments are no longer habitable (symbolic image).

A 69-year-old resident died in a fire in an apartment building in Greifswald on Sunday night. According to the police, it is the partner of a 63-year-old woman who was also found in the apartment. The woman suffered severe smoke gas poisoning from the fire and was sent to the intensive care unit of the university hospital. The cause of the fire did not want to commit himself to a cause of the fire. A technical defect in electrical devices in the area of ​​the fire outbreak is possible, the police said. However, these devices could no longer be examined because they were completely destroyed.

Residents suffered smoke gas poisoning

The fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. on the eleventh floor of the house in Lomonossowallee. The fire and police rescue workers evacuated the entire high-rise. An 84-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man who lived directly under the burning apartment could not have left the skyscraper on their own. Four police officers came to their aid and carried the seniors on their backs from the tenth floor down to the street. Both residents came to the hospital with an 80-year-old woman. A total of 16 people were injured in the fire, including the four police officers. Many suffered smoke gas poisoning.

Several apartments no longer habitable

After the fire, several apartments in the affected house entrance are no longer habitable, and the tenants have been accommodated in replacement apartments. It is unclear whether and when they can return to their homes. The amount of damage is not yet known.

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