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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 MOUTH AND NOSE IN PUBLIC PLACES

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 covering mouth and nose is not obligatory? In forests, parks, within green spaces, in botanical gardens, historic gardens, family allotment gardens and at the beach.

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

Children and adolescents under 16

From Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., children under 16 must be under the care of a parent or carer while moving from one place to another. The rule does not apply:

  • to children traveling to school or returning home from school,
  • on weekends.

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.

QUARANTINE

This restriction applies to persons who:

  • are crossing the border of the Republic of Poland which constitutes the external border of the EU*,
  • had direct contact with persons infected (or potentially infected) with the coronavirus,
  • live together with a person who is placed in quarantine

* External border is defined by provisions of Article 2(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 exempt from obligatory quarantine when crossing the external border of the EU is specified in provisions of the Ordinance of the Council of Ministers of 7 August 2020 on establishment of specific restrictions, orders and prohibitions in relation to the state of epidemic.

The following persons are exempt from quarantine after crossing the Polish borders:

  • citizens of Member States of the European Union, Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children;
  • passengers of an aircraft, as defined in Art. 2 item 1 of the Act of 3 July 2002 – Aviation Law, making an international flight from an airport located within a country not subject to air traffic bans specified in provisions issued under Art. 119 para. 2 of the Act of 3 July 2002 – Aviation Law, except for passengers of an aircraft making an international flight from an airport located within the Republic of Belarus or Ukraine.

Obligatory quarantine does not apply to all students, postgraduate students and specialist education students studying in Poland, as well as all doctoral students and researchers carrying out academic activities in our country.

Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under their constant care are also not subject to obligatory quarantine.

What does it involve?

Effective 2 September 2020, there are new 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 imposed by sanitary inspection and on persons crossing the border has been shortened to 10 days, and quarantined symptom-free persons are no longer tested.

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.

SOCIAL LIFE

CULTURAL EVENTS – RESTRICTIONS

The number of audience members at cultural events may not exceed 25% of the particular venue’s capacity, with every fourth seat made available, alternating every row. If there are no designated seats for the audience, or the event is taking place in open air – a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained and your mouth and nose must be covered.

The obligation of making every fourth seat available does not apply to:

  • people in the audience with children under 13 years of age;
  • people in the audience accompanied by a disabled person, person with determined degree of disability, person holding a disability degree certificate, or a person who cannot move on their own for health-related reasons;
  • people living in or running the same household;

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.

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

The number of people participating religious ceremonies is limited. It is also mandatory to cover your mouth and nose.

The number of people in a church is limited – max. 1 person per 7m2 - and a distance of no less than 1.5 meters must be maintained.

If the ceremony is taking place outside, a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained, and your mouth and nose must be covered.

Important! It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in venues of religious worship. Persons celebrating the ceremony are exempt from this obligation.

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.

It is prohibited to organise meetings and parties, regardless of their nature – except for parties and meetings organised at private homes and attended by up to 20 persons.

WEDDINGS, COMMUNIONS, FUNERAL RECEPTIONS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS

Such events are prohibited.

NIGHT CLUBS, DISCOS AND OTHER PLACES FOR DANCING

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

FAIRS, EXHIBITIONS, CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

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

EDUCATION AND CARE

EDUCATION

Students of:

  • grades 4 – 6 of elementary schools,
  • all secondary school grades,
  • continuing education facilities,
  • training centres

will be taught remotely.

The new rules concerning the operation of schools and education facilities will be effective until Sunday, 8 November 2020.

Important! Kindergartens and grades 1 – 3 of elementary schools will operate without changes.

NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

Children of working parents can attend nurseries and kindergartens. Starting from 6 May, entities running such facilities have been allowed to open them, bearing in mind the guidelines of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Family, Work and Social Policy.

Important! Due to the epidemiological situation, entities in charge of these facilities may limit the number of children in kindergarten groups or the number of children at nurseries.

Important! Based on the current general provisions, bodies of local self-governments are allowed to close all nurseries and kindergartens in their area.

BORDERS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC

BORDERS OF POLAND

On 13 June 2020, Poland resumed border traffic within the framework of internal borders of the EU. It means that traveling and crossing the internal borders of the EU is permitted. Travelers have regained their right to freely enter, leave or transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland. Quarantine is not required. One should consider the restrictions which are in force in a neighbouring country while planning a trip abroad.

The restrictions pertain to foreigners crossing the external border of the EU.

The following persons are allowed to enter Poland:

  • Polish citizens,
  • foreigners married to citizens of the Republic of Poland, children of citizens of the Republic of Poland or people under the care of citizens of the Republic of Poland
  • foreigners holding the Card of the Pole,
  • heads of diplomatic missions as well as members of diplomatic and consular staff of missions, i.e. persons with a diplomatic rank and members of their families,
  • foreigners with a right of permanent or temporary residence in the territory of Poland,
  • foreigners with a right to work in the territory of Poland, i.e. persons who have the right to work on the same basis as Polish citizens, holding a permit to work, a certificate of entry to the register of seasonal work, a declaration of entrusting work in the territory of the Republic of Poland to a foreigner, who:

- performs work in the territory of Poland or

- holds documents proving that work will begin immediately after crossing the border;

  • foreigners driving a transport vehicle carrying passengers or goods; the transit must be taking place within the framework of professional activity consisting in the transport of passengers or goods,
  • drivers conducting road transport within the framework of international road transport or international combined transport transiting through the territory of the Republic of Poland in vehicles other than the vehicle used for road transport:

- for the purposes of spending their rest period in the territory of the country,

- returning from their rest period, referred to above, and after a break in the provision of work in circumstances specified in the Drivers Working Hours Act.

  • pupils, students, post-graduate students, PhD students studying in Poland,
  • scientists conducting research or development work in Poland,
  • citizens of EU Member States, EFTA Member States – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation as well as their spouses and children,
  • foreigners holding a permanent residence permit or a residence permit for a long-term resident of the European Union, on the territory of other EU Member States, European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Member States – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation as well as their spouses and children, in order to travel through the territory of the Republic of Poland, to their place of residence or stay,
  • foreigners travelling by aircraft within the meaning of Article 2 point 1 of the Act of 3 July 2002 – Aviation Law, operating an international flight, who are citizens of: Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Tunisia, the Commonwealth of Australia, or who have the right to reside in their territory,
  • persons crossing the Polish border on the basis of a national repatriation visa or a visa to come to Poland as an immediate family member of a repatriate,
  • foreigners who arrive in connection with their participation, as a competitor, coaching staff member, physician, physiotherapist or umpire, in international championship sports competitions organised on the territory of Poland by an international sports federation active in Olympic or Paralympic sports, or another federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee, or organised by an international continental sports organisation belonging to such federation, as well as accredited journalists, after documenting to a Border Guard officer their participation in the competitions, date and nature of participation by way of a relevant letter issued by the organiser of the competitions or certified by a Polish sports association competent in a given sport.
  • foreigners who arrive in connection with their participation, as a competitor, coaching staff member, physician, physiotherapist or umpire, in international sports competitions organised on the territory of Poland by an international sports federation active in Olympic or Paralympic sports, or another federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee, or organised by an international continental sports organisation belonging to such federation or Polish sports association, as well as accredited journalists, after documenting to a Border Guard officer their participation in the competitions, date and nature of participation by way of a relevant letter issued by the organiser of the competitions or certified by a Polish sports association competent in a given sport;
  • foreigners crossing the Polish border on the basis of a visa issued for humanitarian reasons due to the interest of the state or international obligations (in force since 26 August 2020)

In particularly justified cases, not covered above, the Commander of the Border Guard post, after obtaining the consent of the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard, may allow foreigners to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland.

AIR TRAFFIC

The restriction applies to international flights.

Since 14 October 2020, there has been a ban on the landing of civil aircraft on international flights from airports in the territory of:

1) Belize;

2) Montenegro;

3) Federative Republic of Brazil;

4) Georgia;

5) Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;

6) Kingdom of Bahrain;

7) Co-operative Republic of Guyana;

8) State of Israel;

9) State of Qatar;

10) State of Kuwait;

11) State of Libya;

12) State of the United Arab Emirates;

13) Argentine Republic;

14) Republic of Armenia;

15) Republic of Chile;

16) Republic of Iraq;

17) Republic of Colombia;

18) Republic of Costa Rica;

19) Republic of Lebanon;

20) Republic of Maldives;

21) Republic of Moldova;

22) Republic of Panama;

23) Republic of Paraguay;

24) Republic of Peru;

25) Republic of Tunisia;

26) Republic of Cabo Verde;

27) United States of America;

28) Sultanate of Oman;

29) Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Note! The ban does not apply to flights chartered before 14 October 2020.

The ban of flights also does not apply to countries which have notified Poland about the

implementation of solutions ensuring that only passengers with a negative result of a

diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 will be allowed to board aircrafts. The list of such countries

shall be published in the announcement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Effective until: 27 October 2020

Both in relations to international and domestic flights, it is mandatory to:

  • provide hand disinfects on board,
  • disinfect the aircraft:

- once every 24 hours for passenger flight operations,

- after every flight with a sick person or person with a suspected contagious disease,

- before and after each passenger flight operation of at least 6 hours;

  • have flight attendants hand out passenger locator card forms for health purposes and collect the completed forms – if a passenger is crossing a state border to go to their place of residence or stay in the territory of Poland.

INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC

International railway traffic within the internal borders of the European Union has been resumed.

The restriction pertains to international railway traffic beyond the external borders of the EU.

ECONOMY

SHOPPING CENTERS AND LARGE-SCALE RETAIL FACILITIES

In the entire country, restrictions concerning the activity of malls and shopping centres have been lifter. Keep in mind, however, that you are still obliged to wear gloves or disinfect your hands as well as cover your mouth and nose.

NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS IN SHOPS, MARKETS AND POST OFFICES

There is a limit concerning the number of people allowed in commercial establishments, markets or post offices. The restrictions in shops depend on their size. For stores with a surface area of:

  • up to 100 m2 - 5 people per 1 cash register,
  • above 100 m2 - 1 person per 15 m2.

SENIOR HOURS

From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 12:00, only persons over 60 years of age are allowed in shops, drugstores, pharmacies and post offices.

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. Meals shall be served only to the table and under a sanitary regime (with the customers and staff covering their mouth and nose, keeping a distance, etc.).

Note! Guests may occupy every second table. 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.

HAIR AND BEAUTY SALONS, TATTOO PARLORS

All over the country, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, hairdressers and beauticians operate under a sanitary regime.

Workstations must be at least 1.5 m apart, unless they are separated by a partition of at least 2 m in height from the floor surface.

The guidelines for beauty salons include, among other things:

  • the use of disposable towels whenever it is possible;
  • appointments must be booked by phone or online on beforehand.

Note! Only the staff and customers are allowed in the place of operation of such establishments (max. 1 person per 1 workstation, except for the staff), and if the customer requires care, their guardian is also allowed in.

HOTELS

The operation of hotels is currently permitted, except for the activity of clubs and discos and places intended for dancing.

The regulations concerning congresses, gastronomy and cultural or sporting activities – if provided at the hotel – apply. Swimming pools, fitness centers and gyms – only for hotel guests staying at the hotel for at least one hotel day.

SPORT AND LEISURE

GYMS, FITNESS CLUBS AND CENTRES, SWIMMING POOLS AND AQUAPARKS

The operation of swimming pools, aquaparks, gyms, fitness clubs and centers is suspended throughout the country, except for those which: 

  • operate in entities performing therapeutic activities intended for patients ,
  • are intended for people practicing sports as part of sports competition, sports activities or events ,
  • are intended for students and pupils – as part of classes at university or school.

These facilities may operate in hotels only for guests who stay for at least one hotel day.

This ban also pertains to service activities related to the improvement of physical condition, aimed at improving well-being, i.e. Turkish baths, saunas and steam rooms, tanning salons, weight loss salons, massage salons, etc.

OPEN-AIR TRAINING AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS

Persons practicing sports as part of sports competition are exempt from the obligation to cover their mouth and nose.

Persons practicing sports for recreation are not exempt from this obligation, unless, for example, they run in forests, parks, green areas, botanical or historical gardens, family allotment gardens and beaches.

COMPETITIONS AND SPORTS EVENTS

All over the country, sports competitions, classes and events are organised without the participation of the public.

Sports classes, events and competitions (excluding golf courses, tennis courts, stables, stud farms and horse racing tracks, water and air sports infrastructure, which are not limited in terms of the maximum number of people allowed) may be attended by no more than 250 participants at the same time, not including the people organising the event.

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

The activities of sanatoriums and health resorts are suspended, with the possibility of completing the already started stays. The exceptions are cases in which the cessation of rehabilitation may cause a serious deterioration of the patient's health.