COVID-19: Poland introduces a small lockdown after Christmas

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As expected, Poland will maintain the existing restrictions introduced in connection with the coronavirus pandemic until at least 17 January. After Christmas, it will also introduce additional restrictions, which will mainly affect shopping malls and hotels.

From 28 December, the shopping malls will be closed again. As before, grocery shops, drugstores and pharmacies can be opened. Free-standing large-format furniture shops also will remain open. The remaining shops will be subject to the current restrictions, i.e. a limit of persons per m2 and hours for seniors. Restaurants will continue to be able to operate in take-away mode only.

Hotels completely closed

Also from the first Monday after the holidays, the hotels will be almost completely closed. They were now open for business trips. According to the new restrictions, only uniformed services, doctors or patients from specialist hospitals will be allowed. From the same day on, ski slopes will be closed and the sports infrastructure will only be open for professional sport.

There will be no restrictions on movement during the Christmas holidays, but there is a limit on the number of guests that can be invited – a maximum of 5 guests in total, except for those who live together permanently. New Year’s Eve has been treated more restrictively. From 31 December 2020 to 1 January 2021 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. there is a travel ban throughout the country. The exceptions will include the necessary official activities and others specified in the regulation.

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