The state of epidemic threat – current restrictions

SCHEDULED 29/05/2021

Starting Saturday, 29 May, the following restrictions are scheduled to be lifted:

  • Indoor dining – restaurants open with up to 50% capacity, operating under a strict sanitary regime, including safe distances between tables and limits of customers per table

  • Outdoor events – events such as wedding receptions and communion parties may be organised for up to 50 people and under a strict sanitary regime, including safe distances between tables and limits of guests per table (regulations are the same as for indoor dining)

  • Culture – cinemas and theatres open with up to 50% of their capacity, and operating under a strict sanitary regime

  • Sport – doing sports at indoor sports facilities and swimming pools – facilities available to everyone, up to 50% capacity (including audience); doing sports in gyms and fitness clubs, solariums – with a limit of 1 person per 15 sq. m, and under a strict sanitary regime

  • Education – primary and secondary schools with in-school learning for all students, under a strict sanitary regime, including classroom airing during breaks and school disinfection during weekends

Other restrictions remain valid and unchanged.

SCHEDULED 15/05/2021

Starting Saturday, 15 May, the following restrictions are scheduled to be lifted:

  • It is no longer required to wear face masks outdoor – if the infection rate per 100,000 people drops below 15, it will be no longer required to wear face masks outdoors. People will still be required to wear masks over their mouth and nose indoors

  • Outdoor dining – sidewalk cafes may operate under a strict sanitary regime, including safe distances between tables and limits of customers per table

  • Culture – open-air cinemas and theatres open with up to 50% of their capacity, and operating under a strict sanitary regime

  • Outdoor events – events such as wedding receptions and communion parties may be organised for up to 25 people and under a strict sanitary regime, including safe distances between tables and limits of guests per table (regulations are the same as for outdoor dining)

  • Education – primary and secondary schools with hybrid learning for Grades 4-8 (primary) and 1-4 (secondary), under a strict sanitary regime, including classroom airing during breaks and school disinfection during weekends

  • Sport – doing sports at outdoor sports facilities, limit – max. 25% audience

Other restrictions remain valid and unchanged.

UPDATE 08/05/2021

Starting Saturday, 8 May, the following restrictions have been lifted:

  • Hotels – open for guests – max. 50% of beds occupied, with restaurants and wellness & spa areas closed

Other restrictions remain valid and unchanged.

UPDATE 04/05/2021

Starting Tuesday, 4 May, the following restrictions have been lifted:

  • Culture – art galleries and museums open, with a limit of 1 person per 15 sq. m, and under a strict sanitary regime
  • Trade – hardware and furniture stores, and shopping malls open, with a limit of 1 person per 15 sq. m, and under a strict sanitary regime
  • Religion – church services with a limit of 1 person per 15 sq. m; it is recommended that such services be held outdoors
  • Education – primary schools with in-school learning for Grades 1-3, under a strict sanitary regime, including classroom airing during breaks and school disinfection during weekends

Other restrictions remain valid and unchanged.

UPDATE 26/04/2021

Starting Monday, 26 April, some restrictions have been lifted in selected voivodeships.

From Monday, 26 April, the following have been lifted:

  • Primary schools (grades I-III) – mixed mode study, i.e. hybrid mode
  • beauty salons, cosmetic and hair salons are open;

Other restrictions remain valid and unchanged.

UPDATE 27/03/2021

Starting Saturday, 27 March, new, more stringent restrictions will be introduced in the whole of Poland. They will apply until 18 April.

From Saturday, 27 March, the following restrictions will apply in addition to the ones introduced before:

  • nursery schools and kindergartens will be closed, except for care for the children of medical personnel and uniformed services members.
  • in trade stores, marketplaces and post offices there can be 1 person per 15 sq. m (in stores up to 100 sq. m) and 1 person per 20 sq. m (in stores with an area above 100 sq. m);
  • in addition to indoor stores in shopping centres and malls (except for grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores, press salons and bookstores), large furniture and DIY stores (with a sales or service area above 2000 sq. m) will also be closed;
  • in places of religious cult there can be 1 person per 20 sq. m, while keeping a distance of 1.5 m,
  • beauty salons, cosmetic and hair salons will be closed;
  • the activity of sports facilities will be limited to professional sports.

UPDATE 15/03/2021

Due to the rapid increase of number of COVID-19 cases, the Mazovieckie voivodeship (including Warsaw) will have the red zone restrictions in place. New safety rules – between 15 March 2020 till 28 March 2021.

  • Hotels (closed) – with the exception of buisness travel and worker’s hotels
  • Art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas (closed)
  • Gyms, fitness clubs and water parks (closed)
  • Shopping centres (closed) – with the exception of grocery stores, newsagents, pharmacies, drug stores and services
  • Primary schools – grades I-III, mixed mode studying, i.e. hybrid mode

Update 27.02.2021

  • Obligation to cover your mouth and nose with protective masks only

Update 12.02.2021

  • Hotels, cinemas and theatres will be open subject to sanitary restrictions and with reservation 50% limit

Update 01.02.2021

  • Art galleries and museums will be opened subject to sanitary restrictions.
  • Stores and retail establishments in shopping centres will be reopened subject to sanitary restrictions.

    Customer limits apply: 1 person per 10 sq. m in shops up to 100 sq m and 1 person per 15 sq. m in shops over 100 sq. m Note! Restaurants and catering establishments in shopping centres will remain closed except for food takeout and delivery services.

    The shopping hours for seniors (which were available from 15 October to 31 January, Monday to Friday, between 10:00 and 12:00) will no longer appl

Safety rules – from 28 December to 14 February:

  • Hotels will be opened on a limited basis and available only to uniformed services, medics, specialist-hospital patients and Main Sports Centre establishments. Restrictions also exclude hostels for workers.

  • Ski runs will be closed.

  • Sporting infrastructure will be available only for professionals.

  • Individuals entering Poland in organised transport will be subject to a 10-day quarantine. Note! From 28 December individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine (provided that they produce a certificate that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19).

  • House parties and meetings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Note that this limit does not include the organiser of the party or meeting and the individuals who share their apartment or house with them. Under new law the limit will also exclude individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The following rules and restrictions still apply:

  • Masks: nose and mouth covering must worn in all public spaces (including in streets);
  • Primary schools (grades 4-8) and secondary schools will continue to teach on a remote basis; children in grades 1-3 at primary schools will attend school normally;
  • Teaching and learning at tertiary institutions will be on a remote basis;
  • Between 08:00 and 16:00 children aged up to 16 will be allowed to leave their homes only when accompanied by an adult;
  • Individuals aged 70 and over are asked to stay home at all times, unless they need to go out: for occupational reasons; to meet their essential living needs; to perform, or participate in, rituals of religious worship;
  • Public transport restrictions: 50% of seating capacity or 30% of the entire seating and standing capacity, with at least 50% of seats left unoccupied.
  • Restrictions in places of religious worship – a maximum of 1 person per 15 sq. m;
  • Public gatherings: limited to a maximum of 5 individuals;
  • Parties, wedding receptions, First Communion receptions and funeral banquets may not be organised;
  • Gyms, fitness clubs, water parks and swimming pools are closed;
  • Sporting events will be held without audience;
  • In shops and post offices with an area of no more than 100 sq. m, a maximum of 1 person per 10 sq. m will be allowed. For shops and post offices with an area of more than 100 sq. m, the limit is 1 person per 15 sq. m;
  • Restaurants, bars and catering establishments are closed except for food takeout and delivery services.
  • Culture and cultural institutions: theatres, cinemas, community cultural centres and community music centres will be closed;
  • Trade fairs and congresses may not be organised;
  • Sanatorium establishments are suspended;
  • Discotheques and night clubs are closed;
  • Government agencies, departments and offices will continue to operate on a remote basis.

UPDATE 18/01/2021

New safety rules – between 18 January 2020 till 31 January 2021.

  • A 10-day quarantine for persons coming to Poland by means of collective transport.
  • Restricted operation of hotels – hotels available to uniformed services, medical professionals, specialist hospital patients, persons using the facilities of the Central Sports Centre. Staff accommodation premises are not covered by the restrictions.
  • The restricted operation of shopping centres – only grocery stores, stores selling books and press, chemist’s, pharmacies, and stand-alone large-format furniture stores will be open.
  • Ski slopes will be closed.
  • Sports infrastructure available only as part of professional sports activities.

The existing rules and restrictions will be extended:

  • Participation in gatherings – max. 5 persons
  • The ban on moving around applicable to persons under 16 unattended by parents or legal guardians, between Mondays and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (except day camps)
  • Public transport restrictions: maximum 50% of seats, or or 30% of all available seats and standing places, with at least 50% seats in the vehicle unoccupied.
  • Restrictions in places of worship – max. 1 person per 15m2
  • The organisation of wedding receptions, communions and funeral receptions is prohibited.
  • Gyms, fitness clubs and water parks are closed
  • Restrictions in stores – max. 1 person per 15m2
  • Hours for seniors – between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.
  • Restaurants are closed. Only takeaway orders are permitted.

 

UPDATE 20/11/2020

New safety rules – from 20 November​.

  • Organising meetings and events is prohibited and may be held online only. Only gatherings and meetings organized at home and attended by maximum 5 people are allowed.
  • Shopping malls – shops open from 28/11 till 27/12 under the sanitary regime, two shopping Sundays – 13/12 and 20.12; max. 1 person per 15 sqm
  • Primary schools – remote learning extended till 23-24/12, nationwide winter break starting 4/01 till 17/01/2021- replacing traditional winter holidays

Moreover, previous restrictions still apply.

UPDATE 07/11/2020

Further governmental restrictions announced, will apply from November 7.

  • Organising meetings and events is prohibited and may be held online only. Public gatherings attended by maximum 5 people are allowed. 
  • Hotels closed until 29/11 with the exclusion of business trips
  • Cultural venues (cinemas, theatres, museums and art galleries) closed until 29/11
  • Shopping malls – closed till 29.11 (except grocery shops,, supermarkets, construction, pharmacies, cosmetics, press, services)
  • Shops – 1person/10m2(less than 100m2) / 1person/15m2 (more than 100m2) till 29/11
  • Primary schools – remote learning till 29/11

Moreover, the restrictions introduced on October 17 and 24 still apply.

UPDATE 24/10/2020

As of October 24, new safety rules have been introduced and the whole of Poland is subject to restrictions applicable to red zones.

Social life and meetings:

  • Only events, meetings and public gatherings attended by maximum 5 people are allowed. This does not apply to people living together in the same house, or to work-related meetings.
  • The omission in the legal regulations prohibiting the organization of online meetings has been eventually corrected. According to current regulations “fairs, conferences, exhibitions and congresses may be held online only
  • Restricted mobility for persons over 70, except: performing work-related tasks, leaving the house to meet one’s daily needs (e.g. shopping, doctor’s appointment), going to church.
  • Suspended activities of sanatoriums, except stays which commenced before 26 October.

Education and young people:

  • Distance learning is mandatory in higher-education institutions, secondary schools and Years 4-8 of primary schools (except practical classes).
  • Between 8:00 am and 4:00p.m, children and teenagers under 16 can only leave their house attended by an adult.

Food establishments:

  • Restaurants, pubs and cafés are closed; only take-away orders are permitted
  • It is allowed to run restaurants in hotels, but only for hotel guests staying at least one night. Meals are served only to the table and in a sanitary regime

Sport:

  • Sports events are held without spectators.
  • The activities of fitness clubs, swimming pools and water parks are suspended; with the exception of the facilities operating in hotels, which can provide such services only to guests who stay for at least one night.

Moreover, the restrictions introduced on 17 October still apply.

UPDATE 17/10/2020

As of October 17, the capital will be in the red zone. This means further restrictions and changes concerning public transport, schools, commercial establishments and the organization of meetings, conferences and sports events.

On Thursday, October 15, the government announced new safety rules and extended the list of districts and cities in the red zone – including Warsaw and other major cities.

The following safety rules will apply in the red zone:

  • obligation of covering your face in public places, outdoors and indoors
  • organization of conferences, events, meetings and fares is prohibited until further notice
  • sport events closed to spectators
  • cultural events – limit of 25% occupied seats
  • public gatherings – up to 10 participants
  • wedding parties and other family occasions – prohibited (starting from 19/10)
  • max. 1 person per 7 sqm during religious ceremonies
  • maximum of 30% of the total capacity of passengers or 50% of the occupied seats allowed in public transport
  • remote learning at universities, middle and high schools
  • every second table taken, limited opening hours (6 am. – 9 pm.) in restaurants, bars and cafes
  • max. 5 people per one cash register in shops and malls
  • gyms, swimming pools and water parks closed until further notice