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New socio-economic restrictions in force from December 28

New socio-economic restrictions in force from December 28

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the decision to impose new restrictions from December, 28 onwards.

There are some new restrictions ahead of us, including closure of ski slopes and a ban on free movement of people during New Year's Eve. Below you will find a list of imposed restrictions. Keep on reading!

Stay safe during Christmas

Christmas is getting closer. It has always been a time of meetings with family and friends but this year it will be different from the one we know. Coming days will be some kind of a test of responsibility. Let's make waiting for COVID-19 vaccinations safe for us and our families. Therefore please stick to the following guidelines:

  • spend Christmas in one household, do not organize large meetings,
  • keep in mind that there is a limit of guests you can invite – maximum of 5 guests in total, except for people in the household.

New Years Eve under new rules

New Year's Eve is a special day of the year. Each of us wants to spend time with friends and family. However, in the current situation, all types of events and gatherings create extremely dangerous conditions for further transmission of the coronavirus. Consequently, it would be very dangerous for all of us. Therefore, stay at home and do not organize parties and social meetings outside of the household. Like many other European countries, Poland also introduces restrictions on this day. From December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021, from 19:00 to 6:00, movement will be strictly limited. The only exceptions will be, among others necessary business activities and other activities mentioned in the appropriate regulation.

New safety regulations – from December 28 to January 17

Decisions, taken by the Polish government, are meant to make Poles behave responsively. The new safety rules will apply from December 28, 2020 to January 17, 2021, i.e. until the end of the winter school break. What will change?

  • further restrictions in the functioning of shopping centres which will remain closed except for grocery stores, newsagents, drug stores, pharmacies, hairdressing and beauty salons, as well as independent, large-area furniture stores;
  • limiting the functioning of hotels which would be available only to law enforcement services, medics, patients of specialized hospitals. Central sport centres (COS) and staff hotels will remain open;
  • closed ski slopes;
  • sport infrastructure will be opened only for professionals;
  • 10-day quarantine for people coming to Poland on collective transport.

Current rules and regulations remain in force

  • teenagers and children under the age of 16 cannot walk freely outdoors without a parent or a legal guardian from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00 (except day camps);
  • public transport limitations:
  1. only 50% of seating positions could be occupied or
  2. 30% of the total number of seats and standing positions, while leaving at least 50% of the seats unoccupied in the vehicle.
  • limitations in the places of religion worship – max. 1 person/15m2;
  • gatherings limitation – max. 5 people;
  • ban on weddings, holy communions and other parties;
  • closed gyms, fitness clubs and aqua parks;
  • limitation on number of customers in shops – max. 1 person/15m2;
  • hours for seniors – from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00;
  • closed restaurants. Meals only for take-away or home delivery;
  • nurseries and kindergartens operate without further changes;
  • hairdressing and beauty salons operate in a sanitary regime.

There is no change to any other restrictions previously in force. They become extended.


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