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Temporary limitations

1. MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Important! 1,5 meters – minimum distance between pedestrians
We introduce an obligation to maintain at least a 1,5-meter distance between pedestrians.
Excluded from this requirement are: 

  • parents with children requiring care (up to 13 years of age), 
  • people living together or forming a joint household,
  • as well as people with disabilities, those who cannot move on their own, people with special education needs statement and their caregivers,
  • people who cover their mouth and nose.

Valid until: further notice.

2. COVERING MOUTH AND NOSE IN PUBLIC SPACES

The obligation entails: wearing masks or any other kind of garment covering the mouth and nose in situations, where it is impossible to keep a 1,5-metre distance from others.

How does it work? Covering your mouth and nose is obligatory in open spaces, when you cannot keep the distance of 1,5 metres away from others, as well as in a closed space – e.g. in shops or public transport.

Masks remain obligatory:

  • in buses, trams and trains;
  • in passenger cars, when riding with somebody you don’t live with on a daily basis;
  • in a store, bank, market and post office;
  • in the cinema and theatre;
  • at the doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, massage and tattoo parlours;
  • in church, at school, at the university;
  • in public buildings, including offices, in particular while handling official matters;

Exceptions. Where don't you have to cover your mouth and nose?

  • in a restaurant or bar – when you take your place at the table and eat or drink
  • at work – if you do not have contact with outsiders (e.g. when serving clients and applicants)
  • in the forest
  • when eating meals or drinks after taking a seat on a train subject to mandatory seat reservation, including meals and drinks issued on board the train (WARS restaurant wagon)

Remains in force: indefinitely, until further notice.

3. PUBLIC TRANSIT

Restriction concerns: the use of public transit.

How does it work?  Public transit authorities are now allowed to increase the passenger limit in public transit vehicles. How many people can use a vehicle?

  • As many people as there are seats (if there are only seats)

or

  • as many as 50% of the total number of seats and standing spots (in this case, however, half the seats must remain empty).

Example

If there are seats on the bus, they can all be occupied. If the bus has 30 seats and 70 standing spots, it can accommodate 50 people.

Remains in force: indefinitely, until further notice.

4. AIR TRAFFIC

The restriction applies to: international flights.

What is it about? The prohibition on flights does not apply to aircraft taking off from airports located in:

  • member states of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) – parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area,
  • Switzerland or an EU Member State (except Sweden and Portugal).

Applicable: from 30 July 2020.

Domestic air traffic

Domestic passenger traffic has been resumed.

Applicable: from 1 June 2020.

Important note! From July 1, passengers in planes will be able to take all seats.

5. INTERNATIONAL RAIL TRAFFIC

International rail traffic has been restored within the internal borders of the European Union.

Applicable: from 22 June 2020.

The restriction applies to: traveling by international trains to destinations outside the EU's external borders.

Valid until further notice.

6. ASSEMBLIES AND EVENTS - RESTRICTIONS 

Restriction concerns: organisation of gatherings, meetings, events or assemblies.

How does it work? All gatherings and events attended by more than 150 people are forbidden.

7. SHOPPING MALLS AND LARGE STORES

The restrictions on the operations of shopping malls and shopping centres are lifted.

NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS IN STORES, MARKETPLACES AND POST OFFICES

The limit on the number of customers remaining at the same time in stores, marketplaces and post offices is lifted.

In force from: 30th of May

8. RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

Restriction concerns: the participation in religious events.

What is it about? There are no restrictions on the number of participants in the cemetery. The rule obliges to keep a 1,5-metre distance or cover your mouth and nose.

Valid until further notice.

New rules: You can participate in mass or other religious rite without restrictions.

Important note! It is obligatory to cover your mouth and nose in temples and religious buildings.

Applicable from: 30 May 2020

9. HAIRDRESSERS AND BEAUTY PARLOURS

Beauty parlours, hairdressers and beauticians may operate under a sanitary regime.

The recommendations for beauty parlours include:

  • using disposable towels where possible;
  • receiving customers only after prior appointment by phone or online. Note! The customer cannot wait for the service in the waiting room.

In force from: 18th of May 2020

TATTOO AND PIERCING STUDIOS

Tattoo and piercing studios can operate under a sanitary regime.

Applicable from: 30 May 2020

10. POLISH BORDERS

As of 13 June 2020, Poland have restored full border traffic within the internal borders of the European Union. This means that you can travel freely cross the internal borders of the European Union. Travelers will regain the right to free entry, exit and transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland. They do not have to quarantine.

Restriction concerns: foreigners crossing the EU's external border.

What is it about? Our country's borders, which are also the EU's external borders, remain closed. They may be crossed only by, among others:

  • Polish citizens,
  • foreigners who are spouses or children of citizens of the Republic of Poland or remain under the constant care of citizens of the Republic of Poland;
  • holders of a Pole's Card,
  • heads of diplomatic missions and members of the mission's diplomatic and consular staff, i.e. persons having a diplomatic rank and members of their families;
  • people who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Poland or a work permit,
  • in particularly justified cases, the commander of the Border Guard post – after obtaining the consent of the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard – may allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland in accordance with the procedure specified in the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 35),
  • foreigners who run a means of transport designed for the transport of persons or goods, and whose transit takes place as part of their professional activities consisting in the transport of goods or persons,
  • citizens of European Union Member States, European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) Member States - parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children, when traveling through the territory of the Republic of Poland to their place of residence or stay,
  • pupils and students receiving education in the Republic of Poland;
  • citizens of European Union Member States, European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) Member States – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children, when traveling through the territory of our country to their place of residence or stay
  • foreigners with a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident's European Union residence permit, in the territory of other European Union Member States, a Member State of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) – parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children, when traveling through the territory of the Republic of Poland, to their place of residence or stay.

Important note! Cargo transport is operating normally.

Valid until further notice.

11. CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION

CLASSES I-III OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

We have made it possible to conduct care and educational classes with didactic elements in grades 1-3 of primary school.

Important note! The last grade of primary school pupils and the last grade of high school pupils preparing for the matriculation examination could participate in consultations with teachers.

Applicable from: 25 May 2020

CLASSES AT UNIVERSITIES

We enable conducting at universities:

  • didactic classes (for final year students),
  • classes that are unfit for distance learning

Applicable from: 25 May 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTE! EXAM SCHEDULE:

Matriculation examination: 8-29 June 2020 (IMPORTANT! The oral exam will not take place)

Examination confirming professional qualifications (Formula 2012 and Formula 2017): 22 June – 9 July 2020.

Vocational examination (Formula 2019): 17-28 August 2020

 

12. NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

Children of working parents were be able to return to nurseries or kindergartens. As of May 6, the authorities running these facilities could open them, taking into account the guidelines of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, as well as the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

Important note! Due to the epidemiological situation, the said authorities may limit the number of children in the kindergarten groups or limit the number of children under care in nurseries.

Important note! A local government unit may close all nurseries and kindergartens in its area on the basis of existing general provisions.

Additional care allowance is paid to parents when:

  • the kindergarten or nursery is closed by decision of the local government unit,
  • the nursery or kindergarten cannot provide care due to restrictions caused by COVID-19,
  • the parent does not decide to send the child to the institution.
  • Important note! Additional care allowance will be paid until 12 July 2020.

13. CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS

Catering establishments still have to keep be a sufficient distance between tables (2 m). The nose and mouth must be covered (this does not apply to the moment of consumption), also e.g. when going to the toilet in a restaurant. The existing sanitary regimes (e.g. table disinfection) are kept.

14. CULTURE

THEATRES, OPERAS AND CINEMAS

Cultural institutions such as theatres, cinemas, concert halls, galleries and showrooms are opened.

Note! Wearing masks in these places is obligatory, A specific sanitary regime also remains in force.

In force from: 6th of June

It will be possible to participate, for example, in open-air concerts (keeping the security rules). The number of spectators, listeners, visitors or participants may not be greater than 1 person per 5 sq. m.

Important note! The limit of 150 persons is lifted.

Applicable from: 17 July 2020

LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS, OUTDOOR CINEMAS

These establishments may operate under a specific sanitary regime.

In force from: 18th of May 2020  

15. QUARANTINE

Restriction concerns people who:

  • cross the border of the Republic of Poland constituting the external border of the EU*,
  • have had contact with persons infected (or potentially infected) with coronavirus,
  • live with the person who is quarantined

* The external border is determined by the provisions of Article 2 point 2 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ EU L 77 of 23.03.2016, p. 1 as amended).

The list of persons excluded from the mandatory quarantine when crossing the external border of the EU is set out in the provisions of the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 19 June 2020 on establishing certain restrictions, orders and bans in connection with the occurrence of the state of the epidemic.

What is it about?

The mandatory quarantine will last until the negative result of the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test for no more than 14 days. So far it has always been 14 days.

During this time:

  • you cannot leave the house,
  • walking the dog, going to the store or to the doctor are prohibited,
  • if a quarantined person has close contacts with other people at home – they must also be quarantined,
  • in case of symptoms of the disease (malaise, fever, coughing, shortness of breath), it is necessary to report this by phone to the sanitary and epidemiological station.

Valid from: 20 June 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE! From 4 May 2020, persons undergoing mandatory quarantine may leave the house only to perform a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, except that the place of testing may only be accessed by car whose owner is a person undergoing mandatory quarantine or a person living with them.

Valid until further notice.

Important note! Police visit people who are quarantined within regular patrols and check whether they remain in their place of residence. The regulations provide for the possibility of imposing a financial penalty of up to 30,000 PLN on those who do not comply with quarantine. The decision as to the specific amount of the penalty is always individual.

16. HOTELS

Restaurants and bars in hotels are open and can serve guests meals in the restaurant room – the rules are similar to other restaurants and bars.

In force from: 30th of May.

Note! From the 6th of June, hotels will be able to open their swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs.

17. SPORT

GYMS, SWIMMING POOLS AND FITNESS CLUBS

Gyms, swimming pools, fitness clubs and dance clubs have been reopened.

Important note! The swimming pool can only be accessed by as many people as half of the occupancy rate. There can be no more than 4 people on one swimming track.

Important note! At outdoor pools, spectators can occupy every fourth place in the audience (alternating in rows). If there are no designated places, the maximum number of people in the audience is 25% of the designed number of places. In this case, however, the social distance of 2 m has to be kept. This restriction does not apply to spectators with a child under the age of 13 or a person with disabilities, as well as people living and running a household together.

At indoor pools, audience participation is still prohibited.

Applicable from: June 19 (audience participation), swimming pools open from 6 June 2020.

OPEN-AIR TRAININGS AND SPORT COMPETITIONS

People doing sports do not have to wear face masks.

It is possible to organise sporting events for up to 250 participants.

There is no obligation to keep social distance, although it is recommended.

Important note! In outdoor sports facilities (open or semi-open, with or without seating for spectators), audience participation is possible. Every second place in the audience can be occupied, alternating in rows. In the absence of designated seats in the audience, the spectators can take no more than 50 percent of the number of places provided for them, while maintaining a distance of 1,5 m. This restriction does not apply to spectators with a child under the age of 13 or a person with disabilities, as well as people living and running a household together.

Important note! Golf courses, tennis courts, stables, studs and racetracks for horses, infrastructure for water and air sports – there is no limit of 250 participants.

Applicable from: May 30, audience participation from 19 June 2020.

OLYMPIC PREPARATION CENTRES OPEN FOR ATHLETES

Competitors can prepare for the most important international events at Central Sports Centres and Olympic Training Centres. Currently, all Olympic Training Centres (Spała, Wałcz, Zakopane, Cetniewo, Szczyrk and Giżycko) are open.