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COVID-19–Changes in safety rules throughout Poland

Since last Saturday, 17 October, new prevention rules against COVID-19 have been introduced throughout Poland. The government has announced that, depending on how the situation develops, they will react constantly and introduce further restrictions to save the health and lives of Poles. At this moment, the functioning of restaurants, swimming pools and gyms, as well as the maximum number of participants in public gatherings have been changed.

Changes in safety rules throughout Poland

Yellow zone (whole Poland, except districts in the red zone):

  • the restaurants can be opened between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Every second table may be occupied. After 9:00 p.m., it is only possible to order take-away meals;
  • reduction in the number of people on public transport–50% of the seats may be occupied or 30% of the total number of places;
  • limited number of people at weddings and other celebrations–max. 20 persons, without the possibility of organizing a dance celebrations;
  • maximum number of participants in religious ceremonies–1 person per 4m2;
  • maximum number of participants in public gatherings–25 persons;
  • compulsory hybrid education at universities and in secondary schools;
  • sporting events without public participation;
  • cultural events–a maximum of 25% of the seats occupied by the public;
  • suspended activity of swimming pools, aquaparks and gyms.

Red zone:

  • limiting the number of people in retail establishments to 5 persons per 1 cash register;
  • prohibition to organise festive events (weddings, funeral repasts and others);
  • maximum number of participants in religious ceremonies–no more than one person per 7m2;
  • maximum number of participants in public gatherings–10 persons;
  • compulsory remote education at universities and in secondary schools (excluding practical sessions).

In addition, the safety rules of the yellow zone also apply in the red zone:

  • the restaurants can be opened between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Every second table may be occupied. After 9:00 p.m., it is only possible to order take-away meals;
  • reduction in the number of people on public transport–50% of the seats may be occupied or 30% of the total number of places;
  • sporting events without public participation;
  • cultural events–a maximum of 25% of the seats occupied by the public;
  • suspended activity of swimming pools, aquaparks and gyms.

New districts in the red zone

Since 17 October, the list of districts which have been included in the red zone has also expanded. A total of 152 districts are concerned, including 11 voivodship cities.

Which districts are in the red zone?

  • Dolnośląskie Voivodeship: District of Głogów, Kamienna Góra, Legnica, Lubin, Milicz, Polkowice;
  • Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship: District of Aleksandrów Kujawski, Bydgoszcz, Grudziąc, Inowrocław, Mogilno, Nakło nad Notecią, Radziejów, Toruń, Tuchola, Włocławek, Żnin, and cities of Bydgoszcz, Grudziądz, Toruń, Włocławek;
  • Lubelskie Voivodeship: District of Janów Lubelski, Lublin, Łęczna, Łuków, Puławy, Ryki, Świdnik, Włodawa, and cities of Chełm, Lublin, Zamość;
  • Lubuskie Voivodeship: District of Gorzów Wielkopolski, Krosno, Międzyrzecz, Żary;
  • Łódzkie Voivodeship: District of Bełchatów, Łowicz, Łódź-Wschód, Pabianice, Pajęczno, Piotrków Trybunalski, Radomsko, Wieluń, Brzeziny, and cities of Łódź, Piotrków Trybunalski, Skierniewice;
  • Małopolskie Voivodship: District of Bochnia, Chrzanów, Gorlice, Kraków, Limanowa, Miechów, Myślenice, Nowy Sącz, Nowy Targ, Olkusz, Oświęcim, Sucha Beskidzka, Zakopane, Wadowice, Wieliczka, and cities of Kraków, Nowy Sącz, Tarnów;
  • Mazowieckie Voivodship: District of Garwolin, Legionowo, Maków Mazowiecki, Otwock, Przasnysz, Radom, Szydłowiec, and cities of Siedlce, Warszawa;
  • Opolskie Voivodship: District of Głubczyce, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Krapkowice, Namysłów, Nysa, Olesno, Prudnik, Strzelce Opolskie;
  • Podkarpackie Voivodship: District of Brzozów, Dębica, Jarosław, Kolbuszowa, Leżajsk, Łańcut, Mielec, Przemyśl, Przeworsk, Ropczyce, Rzeszów, Sanok, Strzyżów, Lesko, and cities of Przemyśl, Rzeszów;
  • Podlaskie Voivodship District of Białystok, Bielsko-Biała, Hajnówka, Sokółka, Wysokie Mazowieckie, Zambrów, and cities of Białystok, Suwałki;
  • Pomorskie Voivodship: District of Chojnice, Gdańsk, Kartuzy, Kościerzyna, Kwidzyn, Lębork, Puck, Słupsk, Starogard Gdański, Tczew, Wejherowo, and cities of Gdańsk, Gdynia, Słupsk, Sopot;
  • Śląskie Voivodship: District of Cieszyn, Częstochowa, Kłobuck, Żywiec, and cities of Częstochowa, Ruda Śląska;
  • Świętokrzyskie Voivodship: District of Busko-Zdrój, Jędrzejów, Kielce, Pińczów, Skarżysko-Kamienna, Włoszczowa, and city of Kielce;
  • Warmińsko-mazurskie Voivodship: District of Działdowo, Iława, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, and city of Olsztyn;
  • Wielkopolskie Voivodship: District of Gostyń, Jarocin, Krotoszyn, Międzychód, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poznań, Rawicz, Słupca, Wolsztyn, and city of Poznań;
  • Zachodniopomorskie Voivodship: District of Sławno, Szczecinek, and city of Koszalin.

Be safe–apply the DDMA principle

Our health depends on mutual responsibility. Everyone has an influence on how quickly the epidemic will be halted. How can we do it? Just apply the DDMA principle to protect ourselves and others:

D as distance

D as disinfection

M as mask

A as application STOP COVID-ProteGO Safe

Keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people, frequent washing of hands with soap and water and their disinfection, as well as covering the mouth and nose in public spaces–these are basic measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.