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Latest Coronavirus News

Welcome to our Latest Coronavirus News section where we keep you updated on the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING MOVEMENT

1.5 M – MINIMUM DISTANCE BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS

It is mandatory that a distance of least 1.5 meters be maintained between pedestrians.

The following persons are exempt from the restriction:

  • parents with children who require care (younger than 13),
  • persons who live in one household or run a household together,
  • disabled persons, persons incapable of moving on their own, persons with a special educational needs statement and their carers.

COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE ONLY WITH A MASK IN PUBLIC SPACES

It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in such places as:

  • in buses, trams and trains,
  • in shops, malls, banks, markets and post offices
  • in cinemas and theatres,
  • at physician’s offices, in outpatient clinics and hospitals, in massage and tattoo parlours
  • in churches, at schools and universities,
  • In government offices (when going there to take care of certain matters) and other civic centres.

Where is it not mandatory to cover your mouth and nose? In forests, parks, green squares, botanical gardens, historic gardens, family community gardens and on beaches as well as while travelling by private car.

Important!  Exemption from the obligation to cover the mouth and nose is limited only to persons who have a medical certificate or a document confirming:

  • a pervasive developmental disorder,
  • a mental disorder,
  • moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability,
  • difficulties in uncovering the mouth or nose on their own.

Covering the mouth and nose in public spaces is obligatory throughout the entire country.

QUARANTINE

NATIONWIDE RULES:

The restriction applies to persons who:

  • are crossing the border of the Republic of Poland which constitutes the external border of the EU*,
  • are crossing the Polish border from the Schengen zone,
  • had contact with persons infected with the coronavirus, or are living with an infected (isolated) person,
  • have been referred for a COVID-19 test by a primary or night care physician.

* The external border is defined by the provisions of Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ EU L 77 of 23 March 2016, p. 1, as amended).

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from the Schengen zone

  • Passengers are subject to quarantine unless they present a negative COVID-19 test result. The test will have to be taken no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.
  • The measure will cover all modes of transport: public and private transport as well as crossing the border on foot.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine in Poland will be able to take a test, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from outside the Schengen Zone

  • Each passenger is directed to quarantine.
  • Passengers will not be exempt from quarantine on the basis of a test performed in the country from which the person arrives.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine may take a test in Poland, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.

Important! Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have been issued a certificate of preventive vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved for marketing in the European Union.

Persons travelling from India, the Republic of South Africa and Brazil, cannot be exempted from quarantine on the basis of a test carried out within 48 hours after arriving to Poland. This will only be possible after 7 days. The obligation to undergo quarantine is deemed to have been fulfilled when a negative test result is entered by a medical diagnostic laboratory to the IT system.

What does it involve?

Rules concerning:

  • quarantine (confinement of a healthy individual due to exposure to infection);
  • isolation (confinement of a person with a positive result of the first diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2).

Home isolation lasts for 10 days, provided that the patient does not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Should coronavirus symptoms appear during isolation, a primary healthcare physician orders prolongation of the period of isolation, which cannot end earlier than 13 days after the symptoms have appeared.

In case of isolation in hospitals and isolation wards, the end of the period of isolation is decided by the physician responsible for the patient, but cannot come earlier than 13 days after the symptoms have appeared, wherein the last three days must by symptom-free.

Quarantine lasts for 10 days if no symptoms of COVID-19 have occurred. Testing of asymptomatic individuals in quarantine has been abandoned.

During this time:

  • you may not leave your home,
  • you may not walk your dog, go shopping or go visit a physician,
  • if a person in quarantine is in close contact with other persons at home, they must also be quarantined,
  • should you experience symptoms of the disease (feeling unwell, fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you must report this by phone to the sanitary and epidemiological station.

Important! As part of their regular patrols, police officers visit quarantined persons and make sure that they are staying at their place of residence. Regulations provide for a fine of up to PLN 30 thousand for breaking the quarantine. The decision concerning the actual amount of the fine is always made on a case-by-case basis.

Attention! The quarantine is suspended for the duration of the test you have been referred for by a primary or night care physician (the way to the swab collection site and return home). From 28 November quarantine or isolation is suspended, when you need to see a doctor. Under the above circumstances, reporting to a sanitary and epidemiological station is not required.

Valid until 5 June

SOCIAL LIFE

CULTURAL EVENTS – RESTRICTIONS

Museums and art galleries

From 4 May, museums and art galleries will be reopened and allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime, with a limit of 1 person per 15 m2.

Valid until 5 June

Cinemas, theatres, operas, philharmonics

From 15 May, open-air cinemas and theatres will be reopened and allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime at 50% capacity.

From 28 May, cinemas and theatres will be reopened and allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime at 50% capacity.

Valid until 5 June

Cultural centres

From 15 May to 28 May cultural centres and community after-school clubs may carry out their activities outdoors provided that no more than 15 persons take part in such activities, the distance of 1.5 m between the participants is maintained and the participants do not drink or eat.

From 28 May 2021 cultural centres and community after-school clubs may carry out their activities both outdoors and indoors provided that no more than 15 persons take part in such activities, the distance of 1.5 m between the participants is maintained, and the participants comply with the obligation to cover their mouths and noses and with the obligation not to drink or eat.

Valid until 5 June

Libraries

  • collections may be made available to the public, provided that the limit of 1 person per 15 m², excluding librarians, is observed. Information about the limit of persons that may enter the library must be placed at its entrance.

Valid until 5 June

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport vehicles may be boarded by a limited number of persons.

In the entire country, the number of persons who can board a public transport vehicle at the same time may not exceed:

  • 100% of the seating capacity, or
  • 50% of the combined seating and standing capacity, leaving at least 50% of seats in the vehicle unoccupied.

These limits do not apply to vehicles for the transport of disabled passengers.

Valid until 5 June

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

From 4 May, the limit of people in places of religious worship will change to a max. of 1 person per 15 m2. We also recommend holding ceremonies in the open air.

Important! In churches and places of worship it is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose. Persons celebrating the event are exempt from this obligation.

Valid until 5 June

GATHERINGS AND MEETINGS

GATHERINGS

Public gatherings may be attended by no more than 25 persons. Participants are obliged to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from each other. In addition, gatherings may not be organised less than 100 m apart.

MEETINGS

From 8 May, a maximum of 25 people may participate in parties and meetings organised at homes; this limit does not include the person organising the party or the meeting or people who live with this person or who are members of the same household as this person.

From 28 May, a maximum of 50 people may participate in parties or meetings organised outdoors, in restaurants or in designated catering areas.

The limit of persons does not include those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Valid until 5 June

WEDDINGS, COMMUNIONS, FUNERAL RECEPTIONS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS

From 8 May, it will be possible to organise special events outdoors, with a limit of max. 25 people. Such events will be allowed to take place under a strict sanitary regime, including keeping a safe distance between the tables and abiding by the limit on the number of people per table (applicable regulations are the same as in the case of open-air gastronomy).

From 28 May, it will be possible to organise special events indoors (e.g. in a restaurant), with a limit of max. 50 people. Such events will be allowed to take place under a strict sanitary regime, including keeping a safe distance between the tables and abiding by the limit on the number of people per table (applicable regulations are the same as in the case of open-air gastronomy).

Valid until 5 June

NIGHT CLUBS, DISCOS AND OTHER PLACES FOR DANCING

The activity of such venues is prohibited in the entire country, except for: sports dance clubs.

Valid until 5 June

FAIRS, EXHIBITIONS, CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

Fairs, exhibitions, congresses and conferences may be held only online.

Valid until 5 June

EDUCATION

From 17 May, primary schools students of grades 1-3 will continue their stationary learning. Primary and secondary schools students of the remaining grades will switch to blended learning.

Valid until 28 May 2021

From 31 May, all students will return to stationary learning.

Valid until further notice

NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

From 19 April 2021, nurseries and kindergartens in the entire country will be open, providing care for all children.

Valid until further notice

BORDERS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC

BORDERS OF POLAND

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from the Schengen zone

  • Passengers are subject to quarantine unless they present a negative COVID-19 test result. The test will have to be taken no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.
  • The measure will cover all modes of transport: public and private transport as well as crossing the border on foot.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine in Poland will be able to take a test, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from outside the Schengen Zone

  • Each passenger is directed to quarantine.
  • Passengers will not be exempt from quarantine on the basis of a test performed in the country from which the person arrives.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine may take a test in Poland, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.

Important! Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have been issued a certificate of preventive vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved for marketing in the European Union.

INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC

International passenger transport by rail that crosses the Polish border is suspended.

Valid until 5 June

ECONOMY

SHOPPING CENTRES AND LARGE-FORMAT STORES

From 4 May, shopping malls, DIY and furniture shops will be reopened. They will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime, with a limit of 1 person per 15 m2.

Valid until 5 June

GASTRONOMY

From 15 May, outdoor areas of restaurants will be reopened. They will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime, including keeping a safe distance between the tables and abiding by the limit on the number of people per table

From 28 May, restaurants will be reopened. They will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime at a max. 50% capacity, including keeping a safe distance between the tables and abiding by the limit on the number of people per table.

Valid until 5 June

School canteens

This ban also applies to running school canteens. Meals may be served only for grades 1-3 of primary school and the teaching staff under a sanitary regime.

Note! Only every second table may be occupied. The distance between the tables must be at least 1.5 m, unless there is a partition of at least 1 m in height between the tables, counting from the table surface.

Hotel restaurants

From 8 May, hotels will be reopened, except for the restaurant and wellness & spa areas.

From 15 May, outdoor areas of restaurants will be reopened. They will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime, including keeping a safe distance between the tables and abiding by the limit on the number of people per table

From 28 May, restaurants will be able to resume operations. They will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime at max. 50% capacity, including keeping a safe distance between the tables and abiding by the limit on the number of people per table.

Valid until 5 June

HAIR AND BEAUTY SALONS, TATTOO PARLORS

From 1 May, hair and beauty salons across the country will be reopened. They will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime.

Valid until 5 June

HOTELS

From 8 May, hotels will be reopened, except for the restaurant and wellness & spa areas, with a limit of 50% capacity.

Valid until 5 June

SPORT AND LEISURE

GYMS, FITNESS CLUBS AND CENTRES, SWIMMING POOLS AND AQUAPARKS

The following businesses are closed:

  • swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs (excluding those for patients or members of the Polish national team)
  • saunas, solariums, Turkish baths, weight loss salons, casinos
  • ski slopes;
  • sports facilities (they may only be used for professional sports purposes and without spectators).

From 16 April 2021, children and youth will be allowed to participate in sports competitions held by relevant Polish sports associations.

It will also be permitted to practice sports in outdoor sports facilities, maintaining a limit of 25 participants (both children, youth and adults).

The operation of other sports facilities (sports halls, indoor pitches etc.) is still limited to professional sports only.

All events may be held without audiences. Gyms, fitness clubs, swimming pools, saunas, solariums etc. will remain closed. Exemptions from the rules are established in the regulation.

From 1 May, it will be possible to practice sports in outdoor sports facilities, subject to a limit of up to 50 persons (including children, adolescents and adults).

From 1 May, it will also be possible to practice sports in indoor sports facilities and swimming pools, subject to a limit of max. 50% capacity.

From 15 May, sports events in outdoor facilities will be allowed to take place at max. 25% of audience capacity.

From 28 May, gyms, fitness clubs and tanning salons will be reopened with a limit of 1 person per 15 m2. Swimming pools, water parks and indoor sports facilities will also be reopened with a limit of max. 50% of the capacity of a given facility and subject to the requirement to make available no more than 50% of all seats intended for the audience, every second seat in rows alternately, or the requirement to maintain a distance of 1.5 m between spectators if there are no designated seats.

The limit of persons does not include those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Valid until 5 June

EXEMPTION OF PARTICIPANTS OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPETITIONS FROM OBLIGATORY QUARANTINE

The exemption of people from outside of the EU from obligatory quarantine concerns:

  • competitors,
  • coaching staff members,
  • doctors, physiotherapists,
  • umpires,
  • accredited journalists.

The exemption applies to persons who are participating in competitions organised by:

  • an international sports federation of an Olympic or Paralympic sport, or another organisation recognised by the International Olympics Committee,
  • an international continental sports organisation belonging to a sports federation,
  • Polish sports association.

Note! Persons crossing the Polish border must present the Border Guard with a letter issued by the organiser of the sports competition. It may also be a document – certified by a Polish sports association competent in a given sport – containing data concerning the fact of organisation of the sports competitions, its date as well as the nature of that person’s participation.

OLYMPIC PREPARATION CENTRES FOR SPORTSPEOPLE

Competitors are allowed to be preparing for the most important international events at COS-OPO (Central Sports Centre – Olympic Preparation Centres). All Olympic Preparation Centres are currently open (Spała, Wałcz, Zakopane, Cetniewo, Szczyrk and Giżycko).

Valid until 5 June

SANATORIUMS, HEALTH RESORTS AND REHABILITATION

As of 11 March 2021, health resorts resume their operations. As of 15 March 2021, the condition to begin inpatient rehabilitation in a rehabilitation centre or a therapeutic-preventive stay will be a negative result of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. The material must be collected no earlier than 4 days before the start of the rehabilitation stay. You will not have to pay for the tests.

Valid until further notice