Prime Minister: Prolongation of restrictions related to the coronavirus

"We have prolonged all restrictions related to the coronavirus because they work well," said the head of the government during a joint conference with the heads of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

As the Prime Minister pointed out, statistical models confirm the strategy that have been adopted. "If we did not introduce the restrictions, we would probably have now not around 5.5 thousand cases, but even 40 thousand or more," emphasised Mateusz Morawiecki.

The head of the government announced that after Easter, a plan to return to the new economic reality would be presented. "It will be arranged and discussed with experts on health and economy," emphasised the Prime Minister.

Mateusz Morawiecki asked Poles to spend this year's Easter with the closest relatives. "It is very important to prevent a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases," said the Prime Minister. He added that the decisive phase in the fight against the coronavirus was ahead of Poland. "Unfortunately, it will be just during the Easter period," he noted.

The head of the government expressed the hope that the Polish economy would come out of the crisis related to the epidemic "certainly a little bit slacked", but stronger than others. "I believe that we will be ready for expansion, also international expansion - maybe even in a few months," assessed Mateusz Morawiecki.

"It can be seen more and more clearly that we have the strength and conviction that we must deal with the coronavirus and we will cope with it," the Prime Minister emphasised. "I am convinced that our country will return to a new reality," he added.

The most important decisions include:

 From 16 April of the current year: obligation to cover the mouth and nose

  •  every person in a public space will have to wear a mask, scarf or neckerchief that covers both the mouth and nose.
  • the obligation applies to everyone who is on the streets, offices, shops or places where services are provided, as well as in workplaces.

Secondary school final examinations and eighth-grade examinations rescheduled to June, at the earliest

  • Specific dates will be given at least 3 weeks before the exam date.

Until 19 April of the current year the following restrictions apply:

  • restrictions on movement;
  • minors are forbidden to go outside without the supervision of adults;
  • restrictions on religious events - a maximum of 5 people can be present in churches at the same time. The rule applies also to Easter.
  • restrictions on the operation of shopping centres and large-space construction stores;
  • rules concerning the use of public transport and cars larger than 9-person cars;
  • suspension of hairdressing, cosmetics and tattooing activities;
  • ban on using parks, forests, beaches, boulevards, promenades and city bikes;
  • closing of restaurants;
  • restrictions on the number of people in stores, at markets and at post offices;
  • restrictions on the activities of cultural institutions (in cinemas, theatres, etc.).

Until 26 April of the current year the following restrictions apply:

  • closing of schools and universities;
  • closing of kindergartens and nurseries;
  • closing of passenger air traffic;
  • closing of international rail traffic.

Until 3 May of the current year the following restrictions apply:

  • borders closed according to the current rules;
  • obligatory quarantine for persons crossing the Polish borders.

Until further notice:

  • limitation on the organisation of mass events and gatherings.

Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski emphasised that had it not been for the restrictions and national quarantine, Poland would have experienced a situation similar to that in Italy, France or Spain. "Fortunately, we are currently not in such a situation and we must do everything not to lead to it," emphasised the minister.

Minister of National Education Dariusz Piontkowski thanked teachers, parents and students for adapting to the new situation related to distance learning. "I know that this is not always easy, but it had turned out that we were able to do it. We act similarly to other countries in the world," noted the head of the Ministry of National Education.

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