The Polish government today (23/10/20) announced that with effect from Saturday 24th October 2020, all of Poland will be considered a Coronavirus ‘Red Zone’, with new stricter measures applying across the country, in addition to the existing red zone restrictions and safety measures.
New restrictions in the red zone:
- Public gatherings up to 5 people only (not from same household).
- The limit of people in stores will be 5 people per one operating cash register in outlets up to 100 sq m.
- Gastronomic activities will only be possible in the form of take-away meals, in effect pubs and restaurants are closed and can only provide take away/food deliveries.
- Ban on the organisation of special events, such as weddings
- 1 person per 7 square meters in churches
- Public transport, not more than 50 percent seats or 30 percent. all places
- Primary Schools – Distance learning for students in grades 4-8 only (for now)
- Travel restrictions for children up to 16 yrs (between 8.00 to 16.00 only under adult supervision)
- Restrictions on the movement of people over 70 years of age – seniors are asked not to leave their homes if possible.
- Universities and post-primary schools, remote teaching (excluding practical classes)
- Suspended activities of gyms, swimming pools and aquaparks (with the exception of people practicing sports as part of sports competitions, sports activities or sports events, and students and pupils as part of university or school classes); sporting events without audience participation.
A new ‘Seniors Solidarity Corps’ made up of volunteers, together with a helpline, were also announced to specifically support seniors.
The Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki, made clear during his announcement that they expected it may take 10-14 days before the new restrictions made any impact, and added that the Government may need to consider even stricter measures:-
“Unless there is a flattening and slowdown in the rate of growth of infections, it is possible that we will have to introduce further drastic measures, such as closing borders, limiting movement or deeper lockdown,”
(Solidarnościowy Korpus Wsparcia Seniorów – SKWS)
- Care for the elderly who decide to stay at home
- Volunteer and social assistance centre who will help with everyday activities
The Prime Ministers Announcement in full :-
(Translated from the PM Chancellery (KPRM) Facebook Page)
Further information is available on the Polish Government website, though unfortunately there is often a delay in updating the site with new information, (ie it currently show’s the 10th Oct restrictions!)
We will update this post with further information and clarification as it becomes available.