“The reins are tightened”, “Christmas will be uncomfortable for the unvaccinated”, the police will control the lockdown “with rigor”: These were the statements of the government members before they were chauffeured to the ORF headquarters on the Küniglberg in Vienna – and there clapped and danced in the ballroom.
The pictures of this “light in the dark” gala irritated many social media users: “The mob has to stay at home alone in lockdown, the politicians dance and laugh at their ORF party,” wrote a user on Facebook. And Max Werner said on Twitter: “No, I really can’t explain why“ politics ”is losing confidence with the Covid measures and the purpose of light in the dark can still be as good and as good all vaccinated and tested. “
Particularly irritating was the panning of the camera in the prominent audience, in which Alexander Van der Bellen – with a huge safety margin to everyone else – and other members of the government danced with many celebrities to the opus anthem Life is Life in the ORF center: the cameraman of the ORF had to wear a mask while in front of, next to and behind him the celebrities partied unprotected.
Of course, everything was for a good cause: the annual charity campaign is to be advertised with the “Licht ins Dunkel” gala. And it will also be emphasized with certainty that all participants on this TV evening were vaccinated and tested. The mask requirement currently imposed by the government for interiors is by the way overturned at “professional meetings”: Only 2G applies, but no FFP2 requirement.
Whether this will be well received by the Austrians who have to be locked up at least up to and including December 12th and sit at home without a party atmosphere is doubtful.