“The difficult situation in Europe regarding COVID-19” and “the high number of people in hospitals under ventilators in Poland” has made the Polish Government to extend the applicable restrictions related to the pandemic until January 31.
Government representative said, “Let us remember that our joint responsibility determines how quickly we deal with COVID-19. Too early withdrawal of restrictions may lead to a drastic increase of covid cases. On January 18, students in grades 1-3 will return to schools under strict sanitary regime. We have prepared guidelines and a schedule for testing teachers. We must make responsible decisions considering the epidemic realities”.
The most important restrictions related to COVID-19, according to the Government, is mandatorily to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters between people. It is necessary to cover the mouth and nose in public places, e.g. on the street, in the bus, in the clinic or in the church.
The activity of shopping malls is limited – for example, only pharmacies or grocery stores remain open there. There is a ban on the operation of stationary restaurants – only delivery and take-away service is possible. Hospitality is limited (with exceptions). The ski slopes are closed. The activities of cultural institutions are suspended, including theaters, cinemas and museums.
It is forbidden to operate nightclubs, discos and other places of dancing. The activities of swimming pools, aqua parks, gyms, clubs and fitness centers are suspended (with exceptions). A limited number of people can travel by public transport. There is a limit of people in churches – max. 1 person per 15 m2. Any gathering should consist of maximum 5 people. There are hours for seniors (from Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 12:00).
It is forbidden to organize weddings, communions and any other occasional parties. Trade fairs, exhibitions, congresses and conferences can be held only on-line.
While crossing Polish territory, international traffic restrictions will be applied.
Grade 1-3 students will be returning to schools. All teachers teaching grades 1-3 will tested. The Ministry of Science and Education held a series of talks with education superintendents, the Advisory Board for safety in education, the Chief Sanitary Inspector and the Ministry of Health and decided to reopen schools on January 18 under strict sanitary regime. Teachers can perform a PCR test to detect coronavirus in sanitary inspection units and at drive thru points. Lists of points and times of sampling from teachers and school staff will be published on the websites of Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Stations and County Sanitary and Epidemiological Stations.
The government supports Polish entrepreneurs. The European Commission approved the assumptions of the PFR 2.0 Financial Shield, which provides for the payment of PLN 13 Billion for micro and medium-sized enterprises. The Polish government will financially support entrepreneurs from 38 industries most affected by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible companies will be able to submit applications from January 15 to February 28 this year.
On 22 January 2021, the second phase of vaccination will start. In this phase, people above 70 years of age, Teachers, People who are doing uniformed services, including the Polish Army, will be vaccinated.