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The Questions regarding the regulations of the Minister of Health of 24 March 2020 which implement the new restrictions on movement due to COVID-19published on official Polish government's website.

Why are there additional restrictions introduced?
More and more people in Poland are infected with coronavirus. However, we still have a better situation than other countries in Europe and worldwide. The decision made by the Polish government to introduce additional restrictions is aimed at combating the coronavirus in Poland as soon as possible. We believe that introducing restrictions at an early stage will allow us to avoid situations as in Italy or Spain.

Will public transport function normally?
Yes. Poland has not suspended public transport. However, for the safety of passengers, we introduce certain restrictions. A means of public transport may transport, at the same time, no more passengers than the number of half of the seats in that public transport. So if there are 70 seats in a given vehicle, there can be a maximum of 35 people in it at a time.

Will I be able to attend the service in the church because of the restriction?
Only within the limit of the number of people. Movement restrictions do not apply to persons who wish to participate in religious service. However, we are introducing new rules – there can be no more than 5 people in a given area or facility, both inside and outside the premises (excluding those in service). Therefore, we encourage everyone to participate in masses online, or via radio and television.

What about public gatherings?
We are introducing a ban on public gatherings. This prohibition does not apply to religious gatherings, provided that a maximum of 5 people participate in them (excluding those in service).

Will grocery stores and pharmacies be open?
Yes. We don't close grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, laundries and drugstores.

On what basis are new restrictions introduced?
Under the Act of 5 December 2008 on Preventing and Combating Infections and Infectious Diseases in People.

I take care of the older person. Will I be able to help him or her because of the restrictions?
Yes. You can still help such a person.

I can't work remotely. Can I move to the workplace?
Yes. The movement restrictions do not apply to workers on their way to and from work.

Will the restaurants still offer take-away meals?
They will still be able to provide this type of service.

To what extent are there restrictions on movement?
Until 11 April, the movement ban applies except for

  1. Going to and back from work
  2. Performing voluntary work to combat coronavirus
  3. Essential matters of everyday life
  4. Participating in religious events which cannot be attended by more than 5 people (excluding those in the service).

What does it mean by "essential matters of everyday life"?
For example, you need to see a doctor, do some shopping, and buy some medicine.

How many people can be in the bus or tram at one time?
A means of public transport may transport, at the same time, no more passengers than the number of half of the seats in that public transport. So if there are 70 seats in a given vehicle, there can be a maximum of 35 people in it at a time.

Can I go for a walk in the park or to the forest, go out with the children to the playground?
The regulations refer to necessary everyday needs. This category may include walking or going out into the forest, but within the distance and movement limits (maximum two people, excluding families). We recommend to limit this type of exits to the necessary minimum.

However, the restrictions apply to playgrounds, which are a place where different people gather, and thus a high risk of infection.

I'm getting to work. Do I need a certificate from my employer in case of an inspection?
No. In the event of a possible inspection, officers should be informed of the purpose of the movement – whether I am going to or coming back from work, as well as the place of work.

Is it a breach of the restrictions to practise outdoor sports on your own, including recreational cycling?
The regulations allow you to leave your home, among other things, in order to meet your daily needs. Such a category may include, for example, leaving for sports purposes. However, one should remember to keep an appropriate distance from others and that we should practice sport in a group of maximum two people (however, this does not apply to families).

Can I commute to a stable or hospital or veterinary clinic to ensure care for my animals?
Yes. Such access is included in the catalogue of necessary daily needs and it is permitted.

Can I go running?
The regulations allow you to leave your home, among other things, in order to meet your daily needs. Such a category may include, for example, going out for sports purposes. However, one should remember to keep an appropriate distance from others and that we should practice sport in a group of maximum two people (however, this does not apply to families).

source:
https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/wprowadzamy-nowe-zasady-bezpieczenstwa-w-zwiazku-z-koronawirusem

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