Is Coronavirus in Łódż?
Yes, the current rate of Coronavirus infections was reported in Łódź and it's voivodeship is between 477 and 718 new daily cases. The first Coronavirus case in Łódź was confirmed on 11 March, 2020. The cities and their surrounding voivodships with the highest number of cases are the capital Warsaw (read more) followed by Katowice (read more).
As of now, there are a reported 267,061 active cases of Coronavirus in the whole of Poland. There have been a total of 1,794,914 people infected in Poland since March 4 2020. 45,285 people have died from Coronavirus in Poland.
NOTE: Since 24 November 2020, the Polish Ministry of Health has changed the format of available information for current COVID-19 cases, focusing on daily new cases. For this reason, it is incredibly difficult to provide an accurate number for current COVID-19 cases per voivod. In addition, since mid-October 2020, the Polish Ministry of Health has purposefully been testing less (there is even less on weekends) to bring down their daily averages. For this reason, it is even more difficult to assess the rate of new Coronavirus cases in Poland.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in Warsaw.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in Kraków.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in Katowice.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in Wrocław.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in Poznań.
Poland-wide Coronavirus Restrictions until March 28:
✅ Hotels - accessible to all, but must maintain strict sanitary rules (50% of rooms are permitted to open, meals can only be served in rooms, at guests' request. Hotel restaurants - closed).
✅ Cinemas, theaters, operas and concert halls reopened - a maximum of 50% of the seats may be occupied during cultural events. Masks are obligatory. Prohibition of alcohol consumption.
✅ Pools are allowed to open.
❌ Water parks will remain closed.
✅ Ski Slopes will remain open.
✅ Outdoor pitches, courts, etc. will remain open - amateur outdoor sport may be resumed.
❌ Gyms remain closed.
🥡 Restaurants - as before - will be able to provide take-out and delivery meals.
🧖♀️ Saunas, massage parlors, Turkish baths, steam baths, solariums - open according to strict sanitary rules.
✅ Health resorts - activities can be resumed on March 11.
😷 It is forbidden to cover the mouth and nose with plastic faceshields, scarfs etc. The ministry of health recommends using surgical masks!
Is there a Travel Ban to and from Poland?
On March 13, the Polish Prime Minister declared a 'State of Epidemic Threat' and since Midnight on March 14/15, Polish borders are closed to people entering Poland, with some exceptions (see below). This closure was for a period of 10 days with the possibility of a 20-day extension, however, this has repeatedly been extended. During the Prime Minister's press conference on 13 May, it was announced that the borders will remain closed until 12 June.
On March 13, International flights and trains have been suspended.
On March 15, it was announced that all domestic flights have also been suspended.
On March 17, the European Union is set to shut down all Schengen Area Borders, as an extreme measure to prevent the Coronavirus from further spreading in the borderless area. The European countries have discussed today the idea of introducing a ban on entry to the 26-state Schengen passport-free travel zone, which would cover all non-essential visits from third countries, with exemptions including for citizens of the Schengen area, people familiar with the work.
Polish Border Control has officially listed exceptions for people entering Poland:
1) Citizens of the Republic of Poland,
2) Foreigners who are spouses or children of the citizens of the Republic of Poland or remain under their constant care,
3) Foreigners holding a Pole's Card,
4) Heads of diplomatic missions and members of the mission's diplomatic and consular staff, i.e. persons with a diplomatic rank and members of their families,
5) Foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Poland,
6) Foreigners who have the right to work in the territory of the Republic of Poland, i.e. foreigners entitled to work under the same conditions as Polish citizens, holding a work permit, seasonal work permit, a declaration of entrusting work to a foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Poland,
7) In particularly justified cases, not included above, 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 from 2020 item 35);
8) Foreigners who run a means of transport used to transport goods.
Each person crossing the Polish border will be subject to sanitary control and medical services will measure the individual's temperature. Each person crossing the border is obliged to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, with the following exceptions:
• People living in Poland who work in a neighbouring country and regularly cross the border;
• Foreigners living in a neighbouring country who work in Poland and cross the border regularly;
• Drivers engaged in the professional transport of goods and passengers.
On March 19th it was reported that queues stretching as long as 60km have formed at Poland’s borders with Germany and Czech Republic. Due to cancelled flights, Polish residents are attempting to return home via car. It is reportedly taking entire day to get through the queue.
What should I do if I suspect I have Coronavirus?
If you are in Poland and suspect that you may have been infected with Coronavirus, please call Centrum Wielokulturowe on 800-190-590 and press '6' to be assisted in English.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include:
• runny nose
• sore throat
• difficulty breathing (severe cases)
To prevent infection, the Polish Ministry of Health advises everyone to:
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
• Keep at least one-metre distance between yourself and others who are coughing and sneezing.
INDIVIDUALS IN QUARANTINE
If you have been placed in quarantine, due to suspicion of being infected with Coronavirus, authorities have introduced a new quarantine mobile app, which allows quick contact between the Police and the person in quarantine. The penalty for breaking 'quarantine' is 30,000zł.
Before the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in Poland, authorities were not doing much aside from propagating the idea that Poland would somehow not be affected by the virus as much as other countries.
What are Polish Authorities doing to control the spread of Coronavirus?
Since the outbreak began in China, there's not a single local who hasn't learned the history of the bubonic plague, or 'Black Death,' and how it somehow affected Poland on a much smaller scale than the rest of Europe in the 14th century (sadly, this balance would be paid during WWII). Will history repeat itself 700 years later? As should have been obvious, no, it will not. Since the first case in Poland was officially announced on March 6 (it is speculated that the virus was in PL much earlier), the virus has spread rapidly and authorities have been acting quickly to counteract it.
Read our article Did Poland really escape the Black Death?
On March 11, the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, announced the closure of all schools in Poland, beginning on Friday the 13th (Jason masks do not protect you from the spread of Coronavirus) until at least March 25.
At this point, the pace of information is moving so fast that your best bet is to follow the live information feeds from the the Polish Ministry of Health @MZ_GOV_PL on Twitter. Follow the hashtag #koronawiruswpolsce on social media for more updates.
We will keep this article updated and add more links as the situation with the Coronavirus in Poland evolves!