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Temporary limitations

Note! The rules from the red zone are extended to the entire Poland! Therefore, the restrictions are the same everywhere – in every poviat.

RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING MOVEMENT

1.5 METER – MINIMUM DISTANCE BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS

It is mandatory that a distance of least 1.5 meters be maintained between pedestrians.

The following persons are exempt from the restriction:

  • parents with children who require care (younger than 13),
  • persons who live in one household or run a household together,
  • disabled persons, persons incapable of moving on their own, persons with a special educational needs statement and their carers.

COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE ONLY WITH A MASK IN PUBLIC SPACES

It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in such places as:

  • on streets, roads and in town squares, within cemeteries, promenades, boulevards, vehicle parking areas, forest car parks,
  • in buses, trams and trains,
  • in shops, malls, banks, markets and post offices
  • in cinemas and theatres,
  • at physician’s offices, in outpatient clinics and hospitals, in massage and tattoo parlours
  • in churches, at schools and universities,
  • In government offices (when going there to take care of certain matters) and other civic centres.

Where is it not mandatory to cover your mouth and nose? In forests, parks, green squares, botanical gardens, historic gardens, family community gardens and on beaches as well as while travelling by private car.

Important!  Exemption from the obligation to cover the mouth and nose is limited only to persons who have a medical certificate or a document confirming:

  • a pervasive developmental disorder,
  • a mental disorder,
  • moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability,
  • difficulties in uncovering the mouth or nose on their own.

Covering the mouth and nose in public spaces is obligatory throughout the entire country.

MOVEMENT OF PERSONS

Seniors

Seniors, stay at home, please! We urge seniors, particularly persons above the age of 70, to limit their movement at all times except for the following circumstances:

  • performance of professional activities,
  • taking care of essential matters associated with daily life,
  • Performance or participation in activities related to a religious worship, including religious ceremonies.

Effective until: further notice

QUARANTINE

NATIONWIDE RULES:

The restriction applies to persons who:

  • are crossing the border of the Republic of Poland which constitutes the external border of the EU*,
  • are crossing the Polish border from the Schengen zone,
  • had contact with persons infected with the coronavirus, or are living with an infected (isolated) person,
  • have been referred for a COVID-19 test by a primary or night care physician.

* The external border is defined by the provisions of Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ EU L 77 of 23 March 2016, p. 1, as amended).

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from the Schengen zone

  • Passengers are subject to quarantine unless they present a negative COVID-19 test result. The test will have to be taken no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.
  • The measure will cover all modes of transport: public and private transport as well as crossing the border on foot.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine in Poland will be able to take a test, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from outside the Schengen Zone

  • Each passenger is directed to quarantine.
  • Passengers will not be exempt from quarantine on the basis of a test performed in the country from which the person arrives.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine may take a test in Poland, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.

Important! Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have been issued a certificate of preventive vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved for marketing in the European Union.

Check the Border Guard website to see who is exempt from quarantine after crossing the Polish border.

What does it involve?

Rules concerning:

  • quarantine (confinement of a healthy individual due to exposure to infection);
  • isolation (confinement of a person with a positive result of the first diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2).

Home isolation lasts for 10 days, provided that the patient does not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Should coronavirus symptoms appear during isolation, a primary healthcare physician orders prolongation of the period of isolation, which cannot end earlier than 13 days after the symptoms have appeared.

In case of isolation in hospitals and isolation wards, the end of the period of isolation is decided by the physician responsible for the patient, but cannot come earlier than 13 days after the symptoms have appeared, wherein the last three days must by symptom-free.

Quarantine lasts for 10 days if no symptoms of COVID-19 have occurred. Testing of asymptomatic individuals in quarantine has been abandoned.

During this time:

  • you may not leave your home,
  • you may not walk your dog, go shopping or go visit a physician,
  • if a person in quarantine is in close contact with other persons at home, they must also be quarantined,
  • should you experience symptoms of the disease (feeling unwell, fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you must report this by phone to the sanitary and epidemiological station.

Important! As part of their regular patrols, police officers visit quarantined persons and make sure that they are staying at their place of residence. Regulations provide for a fine of up to PLN 30 thousand for breaking the quarantine. The decision concerning the actual amount of the fine is always made on a case-by-case basis.

Attention! The quarantine is suspended for the duration of the test you have been referred for by a primary or night care physician (the way to the swab collection site and return home). From 28 November quarantine or isolation is suspended, when you need to see a doctor. Under the above circumstances, reporting to a sanitary and epidemiological station is not required.

In effect until 25 April 2021

SOCIAL LIFE

CULTURAL EVENTS - RESTRICTIONS

Museums and art galleries

  • making museum collections available to the public in closed rooms, as well as organising events with the participation of the public is prohibited
  • making outdoor spaces and collections available to the public and organising online events is allowed

Theatres, operas, philharmonics

  • all events with audience attendance are suspended
  • online events are allowed
  • activities needed to prepare for artistic events, including rehearsals, practice sessions and making phonographic and audiovisual recordings, are allowed

Cinemas

  • any activities related to film or video recording screenings with audience attendance – both inside cinemas and outdoors – are prohibited

Cultural centres

  • activities with audience attendance, including educational activities, film screenings, concerts and private viewings, are prohibited
  • educational activities may be conducted using remote communication
  • online events are allowed
  • organised art groups are allowed to conduct such activities as rehearsals and practice sessions (which are needed to prepare for artistic events)

Libraries

  • collections may be made available to the public, provided that the limit of 1 person per 15 m², excluding librarians, is observed. Information about the limit of persons that may enter the library must be placed at its entrance.

In effect until 25 April 2021

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport vehicles may be boarded by a limited number of persons.

In the entire country, the number of persons who can board a public transport vehicle at the same time may not exceed:

  • 50% of the seating capacity, or
  • 30% of the combined seating and standing capacity, leaving at least 50% of seats in the vehicle unoccupied.

These limits do not apply to vehicles for the transport of disabled passengers.

In effect until 25 April 2021

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

The number of people gathering in churches is limited – 1 person per 20 m2, maintaining a distance of no less than 1.5 m from others.

Important! In churches and places of worship it is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose. Persons celebrating the event are exempt from this obligation.

In effect until 25 April 2021

GATHERINGS AND MEETINGS

Public gatherings may be attended by no more than 5 persons. Participants are obliged to cover their mouths and noses and maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from each other. In addition, gatherings may not be organised less than 100 m apart.

From 28 November parties and meetings organised at homes can be attended by a maximum of 5 people. This limit does not include the person inviting to the party and people who live together with that person.

The ban on public gatherings of more than 5 people does not apply to school competitions, eighth-grade mock exam and secondary school final examinations.

In effect until 25 April 2021

WEDDINGS, COMMUNIONS, FUNERAL RECEPTIONS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS

Such events are prohibited.

In effect until 25 April 2021

NIGHT CLUBS, DISCOS AND OTHER PLACES FOR DANCING

The activity of such venues is prohibited in the entire country, except for: sports dance clubs.

In effect until 25 April 2021

FAIRS, EXHIBITIONS, CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

Fairs, exhibitions, congresses and conferences may be held only online.

In effect until 25 April 2021

EDUCATION

Online learning for students of all grades of primary and secondary schools, as well as course participants at continuing education centres and vocational training centres.

In effect until 25 April 2021

NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

From 19 April 2021, nurseries and kindergartens in the entire country will be open, providing care for all children.

BORDERS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC

BORDERS OF POLAND

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from the Schengen zone

  • Passengers are subject to quarantine unless they present a negative COVID-19 test result. The test will have to be taken no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.
  • The measure will cover all modes of transport: public and private transport as well as crossing the border on foot.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine in Poland will be able to take a test, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from outside the Schengen Zone

  • Each passenger is directed to quarantine.
  • Passengers will not be exempt from quarantine on the basis of a test performed in the country from which the person arrives.
  • Passengers who were directed to quarantine may take a test in Poland, a negative result of which will exempt them from quarantine.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen test.

Important! Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have been issued a certificate of preventive vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved for marketing in the European Union.

Check the Border Guard website to see who is exempt from quarantine after crossing the Polish border.


INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC

International passenger transport by rail that crosses the Polish border is suspended.

In effect until 25 April 2021

ECONOMY

SHOPPING CENTRES AND LARGE-FORMAT STORES

Large-format furniture and hardware shops with a surface area of more 2,000 m2 are closed.

Shopping centres and malls remain closed, with the exception of such shops as grocery shops, pharmacies, cosmetics and beauty supply shops, newsagent’s, bookshops etc.

In addition, there are new limits on the number of people at markets, inside shops and post offices:

  • 1 person 15 m2 – in shops with a surface area of less than 100 m2,
  • 1 person 20 m2  – in shops with a surface area of more than 100 m2.

Customers must wear disposable gloves or use disinfectants.

Effective until: 25 April 2021 r.

GASTRONOMY

Stationary business activity in restaurants is forbidden. It is only possible to provide services consisting in preparing and serving food for take-away and delivery.

School canteens

This ban also applies to running school canteens. Meals may be served only for grades 1-3 of primary school and the teaching staff under a sanitary regime.

Note! Only every second table may be occupied. The distance between the tables must be at least 1.5 m, unless there is a partition of at least 1 m in height between the tables, counting from the table surface.

Hotel restaurants

It is allowed to run restaurants in hotels, but only for hotel guests staying for at least one hotel night. It is permissible to run hotel restaurants, but meals are to be delivered for hotel guests to their rooms.

HAIR AND BEAUTY SALONS, TATTOO PARLORS

Hair salons and beauty parlours must be closed in the entire Poland.

Effective: 25 April 2021 r.

HOTELS

Hotels are closed. Exceptions include workers' hotels, as well as business trip accommodation (the exact catalogue of exceptions, along with the required business trip confirmation, will be included in the regulation).

In effect until 3 May 2021

SPORT AND LEISURE

GYMS, FITNESS CLUBS AND CENTRES, SWIMMING POOLS AND AQUAPARKS

The following businesses are closed:

  • swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs (excluding those for patients or members of the Polish national team)
  • saunas, solariums, Turkish baths, weight loss salons, casinos
  • ski slopes;
  • sports facilities (they may only be used for professional sports purposes and without spectators).

From 16 April 2021, children and youth will be allowed to participate in sports competitions held by relevant Polish sports associations.

It will also be permitted to practice sports in outdoor sports facilities, maintaining a limit of 25 participants (both children, youth and adults).

The operation of other sports facilties (sports halls, indor pitches etc.) is still limited to professional sports only.

All events may be held without audiences. Gyms, fitness clubs, swimming pools, saunas, solariums etc. will remain closed. Exemptions from the rules are established in the regulation.

Effective until: 25 April 2021 r.

 

EXEMPTION OF PARTICIPANTS OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPETITIONS FROM OBLIGATORY QUARANTINE

The exemption of people from outside of the EU from obligatory quarantine concerns:

  • competitors,
  • coaching staff members,
  • doctors, physiotherapists,
  • umpires,
  • accredited journalists.

The exemption applies to persons who are participating in competitions organised by:

  • an international sports federation of an Olympic or Paralympic sport, or another organisation recognised by the International Olympics Committee,
  • an international continental sports organisation belonging to a sports federation,
  • Polish sports association.

Note! Persons crossing the Polish border must present the Border Guard with a letter issued by the organiser of the sports competition. It may also be a document – certified by a Polish sports association competent in a given sport – containing data concerning the fact of organisation of the sports competitions, its date as well as the nature of that person’s participation.

OLYMPIC PREPARATION CENTRES FOR SPORTSPEOPLE

Competitors are allowed to be preparing for the most important international events at COS-OPO (Central Sports Centre – Olympic Preparation Centres). All Olympic Preparation Centres are currently open (Spała, Wałcz, Zakopane, Cetniewo, Szczyrk and Giżycko).

SANATORIUMS, HEALTH RESORTS AND REHABILITATION

As of 11 March 2021, health resorts resume their operations. As of 15 March 2021, the condition to begin inpatient rehabilitation in a rehabilitation centre or a therapeutic-preventive stay will be a negative result of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. The material must be collected no earlier than 4 days before the start of the rehabilitation stay. You will not have to pay for the tests.