On 31 March 2020, the Polish government introduced new safety rules in relation to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the growing number of COVID-19 cases. The rules are enumerated on the offical website of the Polish government. Translation into English can be found below:
Next steps in the fight against coronavirus - fewer people in the shops, restrictions on the movement of minors, parks, beaches and boulevards closed
We are introducing further restrictions in relation to the coronavirus. From April 1 until further notice, no person under 18 will leave the house without an adult guardian, and parks, boulevards and beaches will be closed. There is a 5.000 to 30.000 PLN penalty for violating the orders. In addition, we change the rules of shopping in stationary shops and suspend the activities of beauty parlours, hair salons, tattoo or piercing studios. What else is changing?
To control the spread of the virus in Poland, we are forced to take further steps. Most Poles follow the given recommendations, but there are still situations that expose us all to the risk of infection. Examples from other countries show that the key to reducing infection is to limit contacts as much as possible. We must stop the pace at which the virus continues to transmit at all costs. Let's be careful and follow the new rules!
Especially since the largest wave of infections is ahead of us.
Especially since there is a penalty of 5.000 to 30.000 PLN for violating the orders.
Restrictions on the number of customers in stores, at trade fairs, at the post office (from 01/04/2020)
- Shops and service outlets - 3 people per 1 cash desk/service desk/market stall
A maximum of as many people as the number of all cash registers multiplied by 3 can enter each store (both small and large-area), as well as a service outlet.
EXAMPLE This means that if there are 5 cash registers in the shop, there can be 15 customers in the shop at one time.
EXAMPLE If there are 3 service desks in the bank, there can be 9 people in the bank at one time.
Important! The total number of cash registers counts, not the ones that are open.
- Markets - 3 customers per 1 market stall
Fairs, stalls and markets will also be affected by similar constraints. The only difference is that the number of people at the market cannot be higher than three times the number of market stalls.
EXAMPLE If, therefore, there are 20 such market stalls at a local market, a maximum of 60 customers can be in its area at any one time.
- Post offices - 2 people for 1 post box
There can be as many people in the post office as the number of post office windows multiplied by 2.
EXAMPLE If there are 5 windows in an institution, then 10 people can stay there at one time.
Limiting the functioning of hardware shops and new obligations for all shops
Large-area hardware shops will be closed on weekends. However, all shops will have to adapt to new, stricter safety rules:
- from April 2 (Thursday) all customers will shop in disposable gloves,
- from 10:00 to 12:00, shops and services can only be received and serve people over 65. At other times, shops and service outlets are available to everyone, including people over 65.
Closed hotels and other accommodations
Hotels and other places of accommodation (operating on a short-term rental basis) are closed. They can function only when they are in quarantine or isolation, as well as occupied by a medical personnel.
Important! Guests who stay in such facilities at the time the new rules enter into force must check out by Thursday, April 2, 2020.
However, this does not apply to people who are on a delegation and use accommodation services as part of their duties. Hotels remain open for these people.
Automatic quarantine for relatives and friends in quarantine (1/04/2020)
We are expanding the list of people who will be subject to mandatory home quarantine. It will cover everyone who lives with a quarantined person. The rules will apply to people who are in one apartment with quarantined people from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
EXAMPLE So if one of your household members (roommates) will be quarantined from April 1, 2020 because of return from abroad or contact with the infected, you'll have be quarantined too.
Suspension of rehabilitation and closing of beauty parlours and hair salons
All hair salons, beauty parlours, tattoo and piercing studios are closed without exception. These services will also not be available outside the salons - e.g. home visits are not an option.
We also suspend rehabilitation and massages - both in public and private facilities. The exceptions are situations in which rehabilitation is absolutely required by the patient's state of health.
Ban on leaving the home for persons under 18 without adult supervision
Children and adolescents under 18 will not be able to leave the home unattended. Only the presence of a parent, legal guardian or adult justifies their presence on the street.
However, restrictions on the movement of all persons remain. You still can't leave the house except for:
- travelling to work. If you are an employee, run your own business or farm, you have the right to get to your workplace. You also have the right to buy goods and services related to your professional activity.
- volunteering to fight COVID-19. If you work to fight the coronavirus and help those in need who are quarantined or who should not leave their houses, you can move around as part of this activity.
- dealing with matters necessary for everyday life. You will be able to move around to do the necessary shopping, buy medicines, see a doctor, look after relatives and walk the dog.
It is forbidden to use parks, beaches, boulevards, promenades and city bikes
We are also introducing a ban on staying on beaches and green areas that serve public functions. Therefore, the ban applies to parks, green areas, promenades, boulevards, botanical and zoological gardens, and playgrounds. Recent experience shows that these are the places where people accumulate and thus increase the chances of infection.
For this reason, we limit the use of city bikes.
2 meters - minimum distance between pedestrians
We introduce the obligation to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between pedestrians. This also applies to families and loved ones.
The following will be excluded from this obligation:
- parents with children requiring care (up to 13 years old),
- people with disabilities and people unable to move independently as well as their caretakers.
Public institutions working remotely
Public institutions will perform their duties remotely. The exception may only occur in terms of activities where remote work does not guarantee the possibility of performing the key duties.
Passenger limit also on 9+ vehicles (from April 2, 2020)
In public transport, the principle "as many passengers as half of the seats in the vehicle" already applies. We also extend this requirement to vehicles with more than 9 seats, including private transport - e.g. delivering people to work in an organized way, or private carriers.
EXAMPLE If there are 20 seats on the bus, a maximum of 10 people can enter the vehicle at one time.
Important! The restriction will come into force on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and does not apply to passenger cars.
Work places - additional security measures for employees (from April 2, 2020)
Employers will have to provide additional security measures for their employees. Therefore:
individual work stations must be at least 1.5 meters apart.
employees must wear gloves or have access to disinfectants.
Important! The employer must provide these security measures from Thursday, April 2, 2020.