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New regulations of the Polish government regarding COVID 19 (from 16th of April 2020)

New normality: stages of removing restrictions related to COVID-19
From 20 April, some safety rules will change. Shopping in the shop can be done by more people at the same time, we will be allowed to enter forests and parks for recreational purposes, and young people over 13 will be able to move around without the supervision of an adult. We are taking cautious actions aimed at returning to normality in Poland, as well as to unfreeze the Polish economy. This process will be divided into stages – so as to maintain maximum security for citizens. It is important to us that Polish people make sensible use of the new regulations.

The basis of new normality – the most important permanent safety rules
We are committed to continuing to protect our citizens, so we will all be bound by the same safety rules. They must become the basis of a new normality. These rules are:

  • keeping a 2-metre distance from others in public places,
  • mandatory covering of the nose and mouth in public places,
  • maintaining remote work and education wherever possible,
  • strict adherence to sanitary rules in places where people gather (disinfection and keeping an adequate distance),
  • quarantine and isolation for infected or potentially infected persons.

Four stages in removing restrictions
The first limited safety rules will apply from Monday 20 April 2020. The dates of entry into force of the remaining stages will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on the dynamics of new cases of COVID 19.


Economic activity – new rules for trade and services
From Monday 20 April, more people will be allowed to do their shopping in the store at the same time:

  • shops with the area of less than 100 m2 will be entered by a maximum of as many people as the number of all cash registers or payment points multiplied by 4.
  • In case of shops with the area of more than 100 m2 at least 15 m2 must fall per one person

Social life – open forests, recreation, older teenagers on the streets without any supervision of adults

  • Relocation for recreational purposes

It will be also allowed to move around for recreational purposes. What does that mean? From 20 April, you will be able to enter forests and parks, as well as run and cycle – if your mental condition depends on it. Remember, however, that you can only stay outside if you keep a social distance and cover your face!
Note! Playgrounds are still closed!

  • Religious cult – 1 person per 15 m2

The number of people who will be able to attend Mass or other religious rites will depend on the size of the temple. In the church, there will have to be at least 15 m2 of area per 1 person.

  • Teenagers aged over 13 are allowed to be on the street without adult supervision

Older teenagers over the age of 13 will be able to move around unaccompanied by an adult. However, they will have to keep an adequate 2-meter distance from others and cover their mouth and nose.

Gradual removal of restrictions – dates for subsequent stages will be determined after the analysis of the situation
The Ministry of Health will carry out a weekly evaluation of the results of changes in the safety rules. Moving on to the further stages of the removal of restrictions will depend on:

  • the increase in the number of cases (including the number of severely ill people),
  • Healthcare efficiency (especially in case of hospitals converted to treat people with COVID 19),
  • implementation of sanitary guidelines by the entities in charge.

This means that we will be able to both speed up the introduction of new regulations and slow down the changes!

What are the next planned stages for the removal of restrictions?


Economic activity:

  • Opening of construction stores on weekends
  • Opening of hotels and other accommodation facilities, however, with the observance of certain restrictions

Social life:

  • Opening of some cultural institutions: libraries, museums and art galleries


Economic activity:

  • Opening of hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Opening shops in shopping malls, however, with the observance of significant restrictions
  • Gastronomy – opening of stationary gastronomic activities, however, with restrictions

Social life:

  • Sports events for up to 50 people (in the open air, without the participation of the audience)
  • Organization of child care in nurseries, kindergartens and school classes 1-3 – a fixed maximum number of children in a room.


Economic activity:

  • Opening of massage salons and solariums
  • Opening of gyms and fitness clubs

Social life:

  • Theatres and cinemas under the new sanitary regime

Subsequent stages of return to normality will be introduced gradually when the incidence of disease in our country is low. This does not mean, however, that we should give up social discipline and observance of the existing restrictions. Let us remember that it is up to us how quickly the next stages of returning to the new reality will be introduced!Source: https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/nowa-normalnosc-etapy

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