Prime Minister: We have introduced the state of epidemic in Poland

We are doing everything to prepare Poland for the difficulties of the upcoming weeks. We act preventively and with a view to the future said the head of government during a joint press conference with MInister of Health Łukasz Szumowski and the Minister of National Education Dariusz Piontkowski. He added that today we have made other difficult but necessary decisions.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland
  • We decided to introduce the state of epidemic that gives the appropriate state authorities new powers, but also imposes new obligations on all of us.
  • We suspend educational activities until Easter. Lessons will be carried out via e-learning platforms.
  • We increase the penalties for breaking the quarantine. The state cannot be indulgent at a time when its effectiveness translates into the number of people infected, and when the price for disobedience is someone's health or life.

Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised that the national quarantine will not mean relaxing the rules, and the upcoming weeks must be a time of collective discipline. He also informed about the implementation of the application which has been designed for the purposes of supporting during the quarantine.

The announcement of the state of epidemic in the country is a difficult decision, but when we look at the growth in the infection number in such countries as France, Germany, Spain or Italy, difficult decisions and extremely responsible behaviour of all Poles are decisions that save someone's life - noted Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski . The Act on Infectious Diseases allows i.a. the Minister of Health to assign the role of medical staff and other persons in combating the epidemic in Poland. Voivods have such authorisation within the area of their voivodships.

Furthermore, Minister of National Education Dariusz Piontkowski announced the decision to extend the period of closing the educational institutions and universities until Easter. He added that the obligation to implement core curricula will be introduced from 25 March so that teachers could systematically transfer knowledge and award grades.

Our children will not only be safe, but also come out of this situation with well-used time and new skills and knowledge concluded the Minister of National Education.

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