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In Austria, children win court against the government

An Austrian court ruled illegal two government decisions aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic – the mandatory wearing of masks in schools and the separation of classes for alternate learning.

According to The Local, the decision was taken by the Austrian Constitutional Court.

The judge concluded that these measures were unlawful because the federal government failed to argue for their necessity.

Thus, he approved the petition of the parents of two Austrian schoolchildren, who demanded to recognize the measures taken as violating the principles of equality before the law, the right to privacy, and the right to education.

It is worth noting that in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Austrian government ordered to divide all classes in schools into two parts – some students attended classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, and others on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The rest of the time they studied remotely.

In addition, everyone in school buildings was ordered to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. It was possible to shoot it only during the educational process.

The Ministry of Education has already promised to take note of the court’s decision and examine the arguments of the judges.

As of December 24, there are officially 347,204 cases of COVID-19 infection in Austria, 5.7 thousand of them were fatal.

And in the first half of 2021, the country is going to vaccinate the population, the first stage of which is scheduled for January.

Since December 7, the country has eased the stringent quarantine restrictions that have been in effect since November 17.

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