A spirit of optimism or the way out of the crisis in small bites
Somehow, week six means transition. Small shops are open, big shops and malls are still waiting. There is a prospect of more openings, of sports (but type-specific only!) and of reviving in-school teaching of our children.
We almost forgot that once there was a right to peaceful assembly. Then came the virus and a ban on people grouping together. So far, the enforcers carefully watched that it stayed that way. But then a demonstration should have been allowed, also in Vienna - completely without taking recourse to our Constitutional Court (VfGH). But it didn't come to that – instead came the prohibition at the very last moment for the "common good". Nevertheless, the "Stop COVID-19 Measures" banners were held up and removed by the police.
The Red Cross app is now equipped with a privacy seal of approval. Voluntary use makes it possible. And the legislator uses the danger of a second wave of infection for a "screening program". That sounds like too much engagement from the federal state for supporters of constitutional rights. The government is reassuring and wants to collect – on a voluntary basis – only valid and statistically sound data on the course of the pandemic to create more options in the re-opening phase. Tests should detect a SARS-CoV-2 infection or antibodies. Where does this lead to?
First of all, to the next viral legislative process: Sober mathematicians state that COVID-19 statutory packages No. 6 - No. 17 are already on their way through legislation. At least – for the opposition – in more easily digestible bites, but they don't really want to enjoy the petits fours.
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