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Temporary limitations

1. MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Important! 2 meters – minimum distance between pedestrians
We introduce an obligation to maintain at least a 2-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.  

Valid until: further notice.

2. OBLIGATION TO COVER THE MOUTH AND NOSE IN PUBLIC PLACES

Restriction concerns: wearing masks or any other type of mouth and nose covering.

What does it provide for? Everyone (apart from a few exceptions listed below) is obliged to cover their mouth and nose on the street, when participating in pedestrian traffic, as well as in offices, shops, service places, and workplaces.

The restriction does not apply to: 

  • children up to 4 years old,
  • people with breathing problems (no certificate is required),
  • people who cannot put on or take off their face covering by themselves because of their state of health (no certificate required),
  • people travelling by car – if the passengers live together,
  • people travelling by car – if only the driver or a driver with a child up to 4 years old is in the vehicle,
  • employees in workplaces, public buildings and commercial facilities. IMPORTANT NOTE! However, people who directly serve clients or customers in these places are required to cover their mouth and nose!
  • public transport drivers and private carriers – provided that they are separated from passengers by a screen,
  • clergy celebrating religious rituals,
  • farmers working on the farm,
  • soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland and allied forces, as well as officers of the Military Counterintelligence Service and the Military Intelligence Service, performing official tasks.
  • people in the forest.

Valid: until rescinded.

The full list of rules regarding the obligation to cover the mouth and nose can be found in the article.

3. BAN ON THE USE OF PLAYGROUNDS AND ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

Restriction concerns: the use of zoos, playgrounds, public gardens (in parts where there are playgrounds or equipment intended for children to play). It is also forbidden to use camping sites, shelters, and equipment intended for children located in the forest.

Valid: from 20 April until rescinded.

4. PUBLIC TRANSPORT

New rules: Authorities managing public transport may increase the limit of passengers in means of public transport. How many people can get in?

  • As many as half of the seats (as before)

or

  • as many as 30% of the total number of seats and standing places (in this case, however, 50% of seats must remain free).

Example If a bus has 30 seats and 70 standing places (a total of 100), 30 people can be inside at the same time. But half of the seats must remain free. Until now, 15 people could get in.

Valid from: 18 May 2020

5. CARS FOR MORE THAN 9 PEOPLE

Restriction applies to: travelling in cars for more than 9 people and private mass transit.

How many people can get in?

  • As many as half of the seats (as before)

or

  • as many as 30% of the total number of seats and standing places (in this case, however, 50% of seats must remain free).


Valid from: 18 May 2020
Important! This restriction does not apply to passenger cars.

6. AIR TRAFFIC

Limitation applies: to all domestic and international passenger flights.

Valid to: May 23, 2020

7. INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC

Limitation applies: to travels made by international trains.

Valid until: further notice.

8. BAN ON MEETINGS AND EVENTS 

Restriction applies to: organization of gatherings, meetings, events.
Excluded are: workplaces. 
However, employees will have to provide additional security measures to their employees. In any case:

  • employees must use gloves or have access to liquid disinfectants,
  • workplaces of individual persons must be at least 1.5 meters from each other.

If an employer is not able to ensure this distance (1,5 m) due to objective reasons, e.g. because the production line does not allow it, he/she has the right to deviate from this principle, but only while providing personal protective equipment to fight the epidemic.
Important! Employers must ensure that these safety measures are provided from Thursday, April 2, 2020.
Valid until: further notice.

9. SHOPPING CENTRES AND LARGE-SURFACE STORES

Restriction concerns: functioning of shopping centres and malls.

What is it about? From 4 May, shopping facilities with a sales area of over 2,000 m2, i.e.  shopping centres and large-surface stores, will be reopened. However, they must operate within certain restrictions:

  • We have introduced a limit of people. There must be 15m2 of commercial space per person. It is important to note that such commercial space does not include corridors.
  • Tourist agents and tour operators cannot operate in the premises of the facility.
  • Fitness centres and recreational spaces (e.g. playgrounds) cannot operate in shopping centres.
  • No places where meals are eaten on site (“food courts”) can operate.
  • Trade islands may operate only if all the following conditions are met:
    • presentation counters or cash desks are separated by screens, while the staff cover their mouth and nose, and serve customers in disposable gloves
    • only the staff have access to the internal zone of the trade island
    • only 1 person can be served at the same time
    • they provide disposable gloves or hand sanitisers

10. NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS IN SHOPS, MARKETS, POST OFFICE

Restriction applies to: the number of customers being simultaneously in a store, market or post office.

What does it provide for?

  • Shops and service outlets

For stores with a service area of less than 2000 m2: 4 people for one cash desk. So, if there are 2 cash desks in a store, there can be 8 customers in the store at once.
For stores with a service area larger than 2000 m2: 1 person per 15 m2 of the area.

Valid: from 20 April until rescinded.

  • Markets

As many people as the number of sales points multiplied by 4 can be at the same time in a market or a bazaar. If there are 20 sales points in your local market, up to 80 people can be there at the same time.

  • Post offices

As many people as the number of service windows multiplied by 2 can be in the post office at the same time. If the post office has 5 service windows, up to 10 people can be inside at the same time.

Valid until: further notice.

11. HAIRDRESSING SALONS, PERSONAL GROOMING

New rules: beauty salons, hairdressers and beauticians can operate within the new sanitary regime.

Among the recommendations for beauty salons are, among others:

  • customers and staff are obliged to wear masks, goggles or visors (at the hairdresser; for beauty salons – if it is possible);
  • using disposable towels when possible;
  • accepting clients after agreeing an appointment by phone or online. Note! Customers cannot wait in the waiting room.

Valid from: 18 May 2020

12. RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

Restriction concerns: participation in religious events.

What does it provide for? 

Only a limited number of people may attend mass or other religious ceremonies at once. This means 1 participant per 10 m2 of the building’s area, excluding people exercising the ministry.

At the cemetery, there may be no more than 50 participants at one funeral, excluding those exercising the ministry, as well as persons responsible for burial or employed by the funeral home or institution.

Valid from: 17 May 2020

Important note! We encourage you to participate in religious events via television, radio or the Internet.

13. POLISH BORDERS

Restriction applies to: crossing Polish borders by foreigners
What is it about? The borders of our country can be crossed only by: 

  • Polish citizens,
  • foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or are under the care of Polish citizens,
  • people who hold the Pole’s Card,
  • diplomats,
  • persons with a permanent or temporary residence in Poland or a work permit,
  • in special cases, the commanding officer of the Border Guard, with the consent of the Chief Commander of the Border Guard, can allow a foreigner to enter Poland in the manner specified in the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners (Journal of Laws of 2020 item 35).
  • foreigners who operate a means of transport used for the transportation of goods.

Important! Cargo transport operates as usual.  
Valid until: June 12, 2020

14. REMOTE TEACHING – ONLINE LESSONS

Restriction applies to: classes in schools and universities
Recommendations: All schools and universities in Poland are closed. Lessons and classes are not held on the premises, but via the Internet using e-learning platforms. Remote lessons are carried out according to the specified rules. At www.gov.pl/zdalnelekcje, teachers and students can find teaching materials consistent with the current core curriculum.
Valid until: May 24, 2020
ATTENTION!

  • End-of-primary-school exam (8th-grader exam): 16-18 June
  • End-of-secondary-school exam (Matura): 8-29 June
  • Vocational exam - 2012 & 2017 Format: 22 June-9 July
  • Vocational exam - 2019 Format: 17-28 August

Schools and universities

I-III GRADES IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Extra curriculum activities can be carried out in 1-3 grades in elementary schools. Note! Extra curriculum activities can be combined with teaching activities.

Valid from: 25 May 2020

CONSULTATIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

Consultations in schools for high school graduates and 8th grade students will be possible, primarily on the subjects of upcoming exams. Consultations will take place in small groups or individually.

Valid from: 25 May 2020

TEACHING ACTIVITIES IN UNIVERSITIES

The following can be carried out in universities:

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

Valid from: 25 May 2020

15. NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

Children of working parents will be able to return to nurseries or kindergartens. From Wednesday, May 6, authorities running these facilities can 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.

An additional care allowance is paid to parents when:

  • the kindergarten or nursery is closed by a decision of the local government unit,
  • the nursery or kindergarten cannot provide care due to restrictions caused by COVID-19,
  • the parent decides not to send the child to the institution.

16. CATERING SERVICES

New rules: restaurants, cafés, bars and catering spaces in shopping malls can operate within the new sanitary regime.

Among the requirements and recommendations for catering services are, among others:

  • a limit of people inside (at least 4 m2 per 1 person);
  • disinfection of tables after each client;
  • maintaining a distance of 2 meters between the tables. Important! Tops may be at a distance of 1 m, on the condition that tables are further separated by partition walls with a height of at least 1 m above the table top;
  • maintaining a distance of 1.5 m between guests seated at separate tables;
  • wearing masks and gloves by cooks and staff. Important! Guests can take of their masks when seated at the table.

Valid from: 18 May 2020.

 

17. CULTURE

Restriction concerns:  the activities of cultural institutions

THEATRES, OPERAS AND CINEMAS

Recommendations: Cultural institutions such as theatres, cinemas, concert halls, galleries and exhibition halls, cultural centres and clubs, and day-care centres remain closed.

Valid: until rescinded

LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS

We are lifting the ban on the activities of libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities.

Important note! Cultural institutions will be opened gradually and at different times. The authority running the given institution will decide about the specific date after consultation with the county (poviat) sanitary and epidemiological station.

Outdoor infrastructure for water sports: kayak, boat, pedalo

OUTDOOR CINEMAS 

Outdoors cinemas, including drive-in cinemas, can resume operations.

Valid from: 18 May 2020 

18. QUARANTINE

The restriction relates to: persons who:

  • return from abroad*,
  • had a contact with persons infected (or potentially infected) with coronavirus,
  • live with a person subjected to quarantine.

* The list of persons released from the obligation of quarantine while crossing the border is specified in the provisions of § 3 of the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 16 May 2020 on the establishment of the specific restrictions, rules and bans in connection with the epidemic situation.

As of 4 May, the restriction does not relate to persons who:

  • learn or study in a neighbouring country (or come to learn or study from a neighbouring country).

 

As of 16 May, the restriction does not relate to persons who:

  • cross the border of the RoP, constituting an internal border, for the purpose of carrying out of professional activities or official duties or earning money: in Poland, in a country of the European Union or in a country of the European Economic Area.

CAUTION! When crossing the border, it is necessary to present the documents confirming carrying out of professional activities or education in the other country.

What is it about? Quarantine lasts 14 days. During this time:

  • it is strictly forbidden to leave the house,
  • walking the dog, going shopping or to the doctor are prohibited,
  • if a quarantined person has close contact with other people in the house, they must also be quarantined,
  • in the case of symptoms (malaise, fever, cough, shortness of breath), it needs to be reported to the sanitary-epidemiological station by phone.


Valid until: further notice.
Important! Police patrols visit quarantined people to check whether they stay in their place of residence. The provisions provide for the possibility of imposing a financial penalty in the amount of up to 30.000 PLN for those who do not adhere to the rules of quarantine. The decision as to the specific amount of the penalty is always determined individually. 
Important! If you come back from abroad and are not able to be quarantined at home, provincial governors provide places for this purpose.

19. HOTELS

From May 4, hotel and accommodation services may be provided if specific security rules are observed.

Important note! The operation of hotel restaurants and recreational spaces in hotels and accommodation facilities is still limited. Gyms, meeting rooms and swimming pools remain closed. Hotel restaurants, however, can serve meals to hotel guests in their rooms. They just cannot serve them on site.

20. SPORT

Restriction concerns:  sport activities

GYMS, POOLS AND FITNESS CLUBS

Restriction concerns: 
the operation of gyms, swimming pools, fitness clubs and dance clubs. They remain closed.

Valid: until rescinded

OUTDOOR SPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

What is it about? From May 4, the following facilities of outdoor sports infrastructure will be available, subject to observing participant limits and safety rules:

  • maintaining social distancing,
  • covering the face (when you reach a given sports facility. However, when you are on a pitch you are not obliged to cover your face),
  • limited number of people,
  • verification of participants (the manager is notified about persons entering the facility),
  • no possibility to use locker rooms or sanitary facilities (except toilets),
  • disinfection of devices after each use and after each group,
  • obligatory hand disinfection for people entering and leaving the facility,
  • 15-minute intervals between incoming and outgoing groups, or other limiting of contact between groups using the facility.

Applicable limits:

Maximum 6 people and 1 trainer:

  • sport stadiums (football, athletics and other),
  • school and multifunctional playgrounds (including the “Orlik” facilities),
  • external infrastructure for motor sports and aviation,
  • horse-riding centres and outdoor facilities such as: shooting ranges, archery tracks, go-kart tracks, roller-skating tracks.

Maximum of 6 people:

  • golf courses,

Maximum of 4 people and 1 trainer per court:

  • Tennis courts: open and semi-open.

Maximum of 2 people:

  • Outdoor infrastructure for water sports: kayak, boat, pedalo

SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE

New rules: sport halls resume operations, but the number of people benefiting from the open sports infrastructure changes.

  • stadiums, fields, hills, tracks, Orliki fields, skateboard parks – up to 14 people (+ 2 coaches) at once;
  • on open full-size football fields – up to 22 people (+ 4 coaches) at once; If a 5-meter buffer zone is separated, then 16 people + 3 coaches can stay on one side at the same time. In total, when taking into account the above option, up to 32 people (+ 6 coaches) can stay on a full-size football field.

In sports halls, the following number of people can exercise:

  • 12 people + coach (in buildings up to 300 m2),
  • 16 people + 2 coaches (in buildings from 301 to 800 m2),
  • 24 people + 2 coaches (in buildings from 801 to 1000 m2),
  • 32 people + 3 coaches (in buildings larger than 1000 m2).

Valid from: 18 May 2020