Many restaurants in Poland prepared to welcome customers inside Friday following months of lockdown restrictions that deeply undercut business. Food establishments were allowed to resume indoor service at 50% capacity after the country reported steady declines in new infections and deaths.

Most of the restaurant owners fully prepared, waiting with a hope that many customers will come inside the restaurant on the first day. But it turned out to be a disappointment. “Hardly 10% of the total customers came inside the restaurant, and the rest preferred to stay in the garden outside” – says one of the restaurant owner.

The owners of the restaurants also point out that although the wave of the pandemic has subsided, there are still much fewer people in the city center, potential customers. Employees of many companies, offices and offices still work remotely and do not appear in the center. Even if they come out, not every day of the week

Wedding parties also are permitted for no more than 50 people, excluding those who are fully vaccinated. Along with eateries, sports facilities could open doors to visitors up to half their normal capacity starting Friday, while outdoor event can gather up to 250 people plus ones who have had both COVID-19 shots. Primary and middle school students will be allowed to return to classrooms on Monday. The number of new daily cases reported in Poland, a nation of 38 million, fell from almost 30,000 at one point in April to just under 1,000 now. Among the restrictions still in force is a 50% limit on hotel guests.

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