“We are showing a way, full of hope, which must mean maintenance of social discipline. This hope means a return to mostly normal functioning for the economy and for the society,” stressed the Prime Minister.
The process will be divided into stages in a way that will ensure maximum safety for citizens. The dates on which subsequent stages enter into force will be set on an ongoing basis, depending on dynamics of new cases.
Within the first stage, which begins on 20 April:
- Forests and parks, except for playgrounds, will be reopened.
- New rules will be introduced with respect to trade and services:
- stores with an area not larger than 100 sq. m – 4 persons per checkout,
- stores with an area larger than 100 sq. m – 1 person per 15 sq. m
- Maximum number of persons permitted at places of religious worship will be increased to 1 person per 15 sq. m
- Persons aged 13 and above will be allowed to move around without being accompanied by an adult.
“We were able to contain the sudden increases seen in France, Germany, Spain and Italy,” said the Prime Minister. “The Government is taking careful steps aimed at allowing Poles to return to their regular lives and unfreezing the Polish economy,” he added.
Mateusz Morawiecki announced that the next stages of relaxing of regulations related to coronavirus epidemic will involve reopening of the craft industry, followed by trade and services. He emphasized that the decision to move to the next stage will be taken only after necessary conditions, entailing incidence rate analysis, efficiency of health services and fulfilment of sanitary guidelines, are met.
Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski said that the stages of lifting of restrictions do not equate to the end of the epidemic. He noted that it is still crucial to follow the basic rules: cover one’s face in public spaces, disinfect one’s hands, disinfect surfaces, maintain distance, remain in quarantine and isolation depending on the situation. “These are the rules with which we will have to learn to live for the next year, possibly a year and a half, if not two years,” said the Minister.
He added that the Government cannot allow the Polish economy to deteriorate. “Should this happen, people will be dying due to other diseases – cancers, cardiovascular diseases and rare diseases. Medicine is linked to finance everywhere in the world, including Poland. That is why we cannot afford complete isolation for a period as long as a year or a year and a half; we must therefore introduce rules which will allow us to function as safely as possible,” summed up the Minister of Health.