On Thursday 15 October, following a period of increased spread of the Coronavirus in Poland, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that new restrictions would come in to effect across the country on Saturday 17 October - by default, the whole country became a yellow zone, with some areas, mainly major cities, being assigned 'red zone' status. On Saturday 24 October, as the infection rate continued to get worse, the entire country was upgraded to a red zone. All cafésand restaurants continue to function, albeit, not as normal. Gastro points aren't able to permit entrance to their establishments, and can only provide takeaway and/or delivery options! It is not clear when these restrictions will last, due to the very real possibility of them being extended in response to an in increase in infection rates.
If you're reading this, you're most likely self-isolating, couped up indoors and binge-watching as many TV series as possible. Slightly boring, but OK, the circumstances are outwith our control and we have to just go with the flow. So far, so good, 8 episodes in to your favourite series of the moment and then the dreaded belly rumble hits. It's time to eat. You hopefully have enough food at home if you're here living here as an Expat or Erasmus student, but you may be a tourist stuck in a hotel room or rented apartment and don't have the luxury of stocking your own fridge. Hell, whatever your situation, you might just want to eat something from one of your favourite restaurants. Relax, it's not the end of the world.
Although all restaurants in Gdańsk have been 'closed,' these establishments are still allowed to offer delivery and fulfil takeaway orders, they simply cannot serve clients inside their establishments or allow the public to gather there. In order to survive, some (but not all) local restaurants have embraced takeawayand delivery options, either by calling them directly, or using online/app services like UberEats, Pyszne.pl and Glovo. Restaurants have also introduced their own additional measures to instil confidence amongst clients. These practices range from having their delivery people wear protective masks, wiping card terminals and cleaning hands with antibacterial gels/wipes after each transaction. Beyond this, some transactions are completely online based, meaning no physical contact with the delivery person, who simply places your order at your door, keeping their distance as they greet you. Below is a list of the best places in Gdańsk that are still making food to order.