In early March, life as we knew it underwent a dramatic change for many Europeans, and with it our understanding of ourselves and our world. As we watched the alarming scenes in the media of hopelessly overwhelmed hospitals in northern Italy, desperate appeals for help from medical workers, and convoys of vehicles transporting the dead, we collectively were forced to recognize that we were in the middle of a pandemic. The mysterious new coronavirus and the lockdown of society that it brought with it was no longer – as in the preceding months – merely something happening far away in China. For many, the circulating images from Italy solidified the awareness that COVID-19 was already among us and that it represented a more substantial danger than a passing outbreak of the flu. And with this recognition, things started happening at an unprecedented speed. In rapid succession, public life and economic activities were brought to a standstill, borders were closed, and freedom of movement was reduced to a minimum. Suddenly many things that people had until a few days ago considered a fundamental part of life as a citizen in a liberal democracy could no longer be taken for granted. Even the most ordinary forms of daily mobility – working at one’s job, commuting via public transportation, going shopping, visiting friends and family – were suddenly laden with complex bureaucratic and moral constraints.