Poland to begin lifting lockdowns on a regional basis

Poland will start lifting the restrictions imposed against the background of the coronavirus pandemic from April 22, but on a regional basis. This was announced by the country’s Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski during a press conference on Wednesday, April 21.

According to him, the number of new cases of COVID-19 is decreasing, and the situation in medical institutions is improving. Nevertheless, the level of hospitalizations is still high, and the situation in Silesian and Lower Silesian, Wielkopolskie, Łódzkie, Opolskie voivodeships is still risky. Therefore, the restrictions will remain there.

In the remaining regions, as added the head of the Ministry of Health, from April 22 will return to the hybrid format in the 1st-3rd grades of schools, will resume the work of beauty salons and hairdressing salons.

“In the coming week, we will present a more detailed plan, which will apply to different sectors of the economy for the whole month of May. It will include the return of the catering and hospitality industries. We will report on weddings and other family events,” Niedzielski said. His words are given in the Twitter account of the Ministry of Health.

The lockdown has been in effect in Poland since March 20. Commercial facilities other than grocery stores and pharmacies were closed. Bars, cafes and restaurants were allowed to work only with take-out, all schoolchildren switched to a remote learning format. Hotels, hostels, cultural and beauty industry facilities, gyms and tourism facilities did not function. Citizens were obliged to wear masks indoors and outdoors.