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New rules – we are entering the next stage of lifting the restrictions

New rules regarding covering the nose and mouth, the opening of cinemas and gyms – we are entering the next stage of lifting the restrictions

27.05.2020

The fourth stage of lifting restrictions related to COVID-19 is ahead of us. From May 30, we do not need to cover noses and mouths in open spaces – but only if we can keep 2 meters distance from others. However, masks will be necessary in some confined spaces, including in shops, churches, buses and trams. In addition, we are opening cinemas, theatres, gyms and massage parlours, but following a strict sanitary regime. We will also allow wedding receptions for up to 150 people. Although we are moving away from many restrictions, one rule will remain valid. We will still have to be especially careful when dealing with others.

Lifting further restrictions on COVID-19 is possible because in most voivodships the number of cases is falling. We are also continually observing the epidemic situation and monitoring the efficiency of health care – especially the number of available beds and respirators. On this basis, we are making responsible decisions. What are the new safety measures?

IN OPEN SPACES: EITHER SOCIAL DISTANCE OR USE A MASK (from May 30)

If in the open space, you can keep a 2 meters distance from others, you do not need to cover your mouth and nose. So you can walk, ride a bike, walk on the street, park, beach or parking lot without a mask – but only if you keep the right social distance.

Important! If you are not able to keep a 2-meter distance from others in the open air – for example, on a crowded pavement – then you need to cover your mouth and nose. It’s about our collective safety.

Let us remember! The obligation to maintain a 2-meter social distance excludes parents with children who need care (up to 13 years of age), people living together, disabled people, people who cover their mouths and nose.

Here you have to cover your mouth and nose!

There are places where you must cover your mouth and nose. Those are:

  • buses and trams,
  • shops,
  • cinemas and theatres,
  • massage and tattoo parlours,
  • churches,
  • offices (if you are going to be a client in the office).

Additional places where it will be necessary to cover the mouth and nose will be determined by the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate.

Exceptions. Where do you not need to cover your mouth and nose?

  • At work – if the employer ensures adequate distances between workplaces and meets sanitary requirements.
  • In a restaurant or bar – when you take your seat at the table.

WE ARE LIFTING THE LIMITATIONS – IN SHOPS, MARKETS, POST OFFICES, RESTAURANTS (from May 30)

We are lifting the limits of people in trade and catering industry. Until now, in a shop, restaurant, market, service centre or post office, there had to be a particular area or number of service windows per person. From May 30, this rule will cease to apply.

Important! In catering establishments, there must still be an adequate distance between the tables. And customers must wear face masks before they sit at the table. All sanitary guidelines also apply – including hand and table disinfection.

Important! Remember that there is still an obligation to cover your nose and mouth in the store, market, and post office. And in the store, it is also mandatory to disinfect hands or wear gloves.

Religious ceremonies and funerals

The lifting of restrictions will also cover churches and other places of worship. Here, the limit of people will also cease to apply from Saturday, May 30. Similar rules apply to funeral ceremonies – the current limit of 50 people will not apply.

Important! In churches and temples, the faithful must cover their mouths and noses.

MEETINGS AND WEDDING RECEPTIONS UP TO 150 PEOPLE

Outdoor meetings up to 150 people (from May 30)

From Saturday, May 30, the organization of gatherings in which up to 150 people participate is allowed in open spaces. Participants must, however, cover their mouths and noses or maintain a 2-meter social distance.

Important! The Chief Sanitary Inspector will present recommendations where, due to the epidemiological situation, assemblies should not take place. The final decision, however, belongs to the local government.

Wedding receptions and other family celebrations (from June 6)

We will also enable the organization of wedding receptions and family celebrations, in which up to 150 people will be able to participate.

Warning! Wedding guests do not have to wear face masks.

HOTELS OPEN FULLY

From May 30, restaurants and hotel bars can be opened and serve meals to guests. From June 6, however, swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs can start operating in hotels.

Hotel owners must, however, follow specific sanitary rules.

CULTURE, SPORT, MASSAGE PARLOURS, FAIRS (from June 6)

From June 6, the following institutions may resume activity under certain sanitary conditions:

  • cinemas, theatres, operas, ballet,
  • swimming pools, gyms, fitness clubs, play centres for children and amusement parks,
  • saunas, solariums, massage, and tattoo parlours.

It will also be possible to organize fairs, exhibitions, and congresses.

Specific sanitary recommendations

We will provide sanitary recommendations for individual industries after the consultations with entrepreneurs are completed.

 Important! Opening the economy does not absolve us of responsibility! Remember to keep a safe distance – take care of yourself and others.

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