New limitations in Poland due to Covid-19

April 1, 2020

Yesterday, the Polish government announced a new set of regulations restricting freedom of movement. According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the changes were introduced in order for life in Poland to return to normal in 2-3 weeks’ time.

“The most important principle is to maintain social distance, in the epidemiological sense, in the sense of preventing a pandemic from spreading. We should maintain a distance of two metres from other people, except in cases where a parent takes care of their child on a walk or people caring for the disabled. Let’s also keep a distance on the sidewalks provided someone has to leave the house. What is more, minors can only be in a public space when accompanied by an adult. We are also introducing restrictions on access to parks, boulevards, squares, recreation spots. We have seen that not everyone has maintained proper social discipline, and these were the locations of numerous meetings. In those places infections also occur. We also introduce a ban on the use of rental city bikes. Further restrictions also apply to shopping and service points – all cosmetic, hairdressing, tattoo or piercing points will be closed. We introduce a limit on the number of simultaneous clients being in a shop – maximum 3 people per one cash register. If there are 5 cash registers, there can be a maximum of 15 people in the shop.

In addition, we introduce an obligation to wear gloves in the shops to prevent the spread of the epidemic. All construction shops will be closed on weekends, grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores will remain open as before, because they are needed for the supply of hygiene products or groceries. We are also introducing a solution that some retailers and customers are already practicing, as similar solutions are already in place in other countries – between 10 and 12 o’clock grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies will be open only for the elderly, over 65 years old” – stated Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The whole speech is available below, in Polish:


Author: Michał Wyrzyk/NB
Source: Poland Daily

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