Last Updated @ 10:11 (CET) on 29/03/2021
Here you will find updates on:
- lockdown restrictions
- movement restrictions
- museums and tourist attractions
- events and entertainment
- bars & restaurants
- travel ban to and from Poland
- how to help the local community
- what to do if you suspect you have been infected
- what are the Polish authorities doing
How many Coronavirus cases are there in Warsaw?
The daily rate of infection for Warsaw and the voivodeship of Masovia is averaging above 2,400 new cases a day, which is the highest rate of infection in Poland The first case was reported on March 8, 2020. For a long period of time, the city/voivodeship with the highest number of cases (now 2nd) was Katowice/Silesia (read more)
As of now, there are a reported 400,185 active cases of Coronavirus in the whole of Poland. There have been a total of 2,250,991 people infected in Poland since March 4 2020. 51,884 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 KRAKÓW.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in ŁÓDŹ.
Read more on the latest on Coronavirus in GDAŃSK, SOPOT & 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.
NEW SAFETY RULES (March 27 - 9 April):New restrictions have been announced by the Polish Governemnt over Easter 2021:
|TYPE OF BUSINESS:||RESTRICTION DETAILS:|
|✅ Places of Religious Worship||Limit of 1 person per 20m²|
|✅ Retail Outlets, Markets, Post Offices||Limit of 1 person per 15m² in shops up to 100m²
Limit of 1 person per 20m² in shops over 100m²
|❌ Trade||Shopping Centers and Malls (with some exceptions) are to be closed, as well as 'large format' furniture and construction|
|❌ Kindergartens and Nurseries||Closed, with the exception of childcare for parents working in medical and law enforcement professions|
|❌ Sport Facilities||Closed, except for limited use by sport professionals|
Poland-wide Coronavirus Restrictions until March 27:
✅ 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!
Glad you asked. There are many simple ways you can support the businesses that are suffering the most right now. Get started by reading our article on Helping Local Industries & Causes During the Coronavirus Crisis.
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 else 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.
On March 20, it was announced that nearly half a million litres of confiscated vodka and rectified spirit will be sent to Polish public institutions in need of disinfectant amid the coronavirus outbreak. The alcohol, which was initially meant to be destroyed, will be used to disinfect transport services and indoor spaces.
Read our article Did Poland really escape the Black Death?
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.
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