Hungary – While the authorities just announced the beginning of the „third wave”, the Hungarian government launched an online national consultation „on the reopening”, following 11 months of restrictive measures taken in order to counter the Covid-19. Since early January, the nationalist party Mi Hazánk argues for the immediate reopening of restaurants, bars, swimming pools and every other businesses or sport facilities closed for sanitary reasons. Several demonstrations have been held in favour of the reopening, and articles about reopening in Poland sparked debate in Hungary.
Fear regarding the vaccine have also be at the centre of public attention in the past weeks. The Hungarian government made it clear already that different rights would be conferred to those who get inoculated, increasing concern amongst a significant part of the population.
Since then, the anger of many citizens, both owners and users of the places now closed since early November 2020, has started to become a national hot topic that lead to the government’s response, that is the usual national consultation, aiming to provide the government with a democratic legitimacy while introducing new measures in order to solve current issues.
The consultation is introduced by the following commentary:
„Hungary has been fighting against the coronavirus for months. The pandemic is not over just yet, and it’s causing all of us plenty of difficulties. With the start of the vaccination campaign, however, we have entered a new phase. There are some who believe that with vaccinations now underway, the lifting of restrictions can begin. Others say we should proceed with caution, as the pandemic is once again on the rise in Europe.”