Restrictions on freedom of movement and “responsible criticism”

Today more than ever, the freedom of movement, among others, is subject to severe restrictions. This is undoubtedly due to the preeminent need to counter the spread of Sars-Cov-2 virus, but, although the severity of the pandemic cannot be underestimated, it is necessary to keep public opinion alert on the legitimacy of the measures limiting fundamental freedoms. Indeed, the level of vigilance against such measures cannot be lowered even when they appear to be widely justifiable. The need to flat the contagion curve seems to find in freedom of movement and residence the weak link, if not a real sacrificial victim. Yet the same sense of belonging to a social community that requires to be “responsible” with respect to behaviours that can favour the spread of the virus also requires not to become accustomed to measures restricting freedoms and to be “responsibly critical” towards them.