Prime Minister: The 2nd stage of lifting coronavirus restrictions begins on 4 May

Shopping malls, hotels and other accommodation facilities will be reopened (with restrictions) immediately after the May holiday long weekend. Access to rehabilitation will be provided again, while working parents will be able to send their children to kindergartens and nurseries (care in small groups starting from 6 May). In addition, certain cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, and art galleries will be reopened.

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

We are consistent in opening up the economy but we do not relax healthcare measures pointed out Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He explained that we should go out only to go to work, do shopping, and deal with matters that are important for health. I ask you to observe social discipline because any further relaxation of restrictions depends on it stressed Prime Minister.

Mateusz Morawiecki also said that over 2 million jobs have been saved as a result of the anti-crisis actions implemented by the government. We have launched the Anti-Crisis Shield, which is funded from the government budget emphasised the Prime Minister. We want to prevent companies from going bankrupt he added.

Shopping malls reopen – on 4 May

  • A strict sanitary regime will have to be observed in shopping malls.
  • One person per 15m2 of shop space (excluding corridors).
  • Recreational space and food courts will remain closed in shopping malls.

Hotels and accommodation facilities reopen – on 4 May

  • The activity of hotel restaurants and recreational space (gyms, common rooms, pools) will remain limited.

Access to rehabilitation – on 4 May

  • Healthcare services concerning physical rehabilitation will be provided again.
  • This solution will not apply to massage salons.

Libraries, museums, and art galleries reopen – on 4 May

  • Relevant authorities will make decisions to open given facilities in consultation with the sanitary and epidemiological station.

Nurseries and kindergartens can reopen under sanitary regime – on 6 May

  • Care will be provided for children of working parents.
  • Relevant authorities will make decisions to open given facilities, taking into account the Chief Sanitary Inspector guidelines and other information.

The Prime Minister explained that the relaxation of the remaining coronavirus restrictions will depend on the growth of COVID-19 cases, the observance of social distancing rules by Poles, and healthcare capacity. In general, the next stages will be announced every two weeks.

3rd stage of lifting restrictions

  • Restaurants and cafés will be allowed to serve customers on their premises (with restrictions).
  • Hairdressers and beauty salons will be reopened.
  • Care for primary school students in grade 1-3 will be provided (the maximum number of children in a classroom will be specified).

4th stage of lighting restrictions

  • Theatres and cinemas will be reopened (with sanitary restrictions).
  • Gatherings with up to 50 people will be allowed.
  • Massage salons and indoor tanning facilities will be reopened.
  • Gyms and fitness clubs will be allowed to operate.

On 20 April, the government began the 1st stage of lifting certain coronavirus restrictions and bans. As a result, Poles can move freely for recreational purposes, parks and forests have been reopened, and the number of people allowed in shops and places for religious worship has been increased. In addition, some sports facilities will be reopened on 4 May and Ekstraklasa football matches will resume.

Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski mentioned actions aimed to increase the number of COVID-19 tests performed. He pointed out that the government also intends to test personnel of nursing homes and healthcare centres. We aim to propose a model in which personnel would rest for a week at home after working for a week. To that end, we have allocated approx. PLN 50 million per month explained Łukasz Szumowski. The Minister also called for the resumption of planned treatment and examinations in healthcare facilities.

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