The most important decisions taken by Polish government:

 

From 29th of May   

Indoor gastronomy - open restaurants: max occupancy 50 percent the premises

activity in a strict sanitary regime - a safe distance between the tables, the limit of people per table

Occasional indoor events - the possibility of organizing, among others, weddings and communions: limit up to 50 people in a strict sanitary regime - incl. a safe distance between the tables and the limit of people per table (regulations are the same as in the case of indoor gastronomy)

Culture - open cinemas and theatres, max. occupancy 50 percent facility; operating in a strict sanitary regime

Sport – open indoor sports facilities and swimming pools: max. occupancy up to 50 percent (with audience)

Sport - open gyms, fitness clubs, solariums: limit of 1 person per 15m2 operating in a strict sanitary regime

 

From 15th of May 

Wearing masks outdoor - lifting the obligation: If the infection rate per 100,000 people will fall below 15 - it will be possible to lift the obligation to wear masks outdoor.

The obligation to cover the nose and mouth with a mask in closed rooms will remain.

 

Outdoor gastronomy - outdoor restaurant gardens: activities in a strict sanitary regime - incl. safe distance between tables and the limit of people per table

Culture - outdoor cinemas and theatres: max 50 percent occupancy operating in a strict sanitary regime

Special events outside - the possibility of organizing, among others weddings and communions: limit up to 25 people in a strict sanitary regime - incl. a safe distance between tables and limit of people per table (regulations are the same as in the case of outdoor gastronomy)

Sport - outdoor sports facilities: max 25 percent of the audience

 

From 8th of May

Hotels - open for guests: max 50 percent occupancy of the facility; closed restaurants and wellness & spa area

 

From 4th of May

Culture - open art galleries and museums: limit: 1 person per 15 m2 operating in a strict sanitary regime

Trade - open construction and furniture stores, shopping malls limit: of 1 person per 15 m2 operating in a strict sanitary regime

Religious services - services with a limit of people: limit of 1 person per 15 m2 in temple, recommendation for holding ceremonies outdoor

 

From 1st of May

The same safety rules throughout the all country - open hairdressing, barber and beauty salons

Sport - outdoor sports facilities: limit - max. 50 peopl indoor sports facilities and swimming pools: for organized groups of children and youth max. 50 percent occupancy of the facility

 

From 30th of March 2021:

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test result in Polish or English. The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Students are not exempt from quarantine.

Travellers arriving in Poland by plane, bus, or other means of public transport, who do not provide a pre-departure negative PCR test, are required to quarantine for 10 days, counting from the day following the day of entry. In addition, all travellers returning from the Czech Republic and Slovakia - also those who cross the border by car - must quarantine for 10 days.

The quarantine period may be ended by taking a PCR test after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

Provisions for vaccinated people: Travellers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine (a certificate of vaccination is needed). People who have recovered from COVID-19 infection and present proof of hospitalisation or isolation in the past 6 months do not have to quarantine.

 

New safety measures from 27th of March until 25th of April:

  • hotels will be closed (exeption: workers' hotels and business travel accommodation)- until 03.05.2021
  • large furniture and construction shops with an area of more than 2000 m2 will be closed
  • shopping malls will be closed (exeption: grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores, newspaper stores, bookstores)
  • in commercial establishments at the market or post office, new limits apply1 person per 15 m2 in shops up to 100 m2 and 1 person per 20 m2 in shops over 100 m2
  • cultural institutions (such as theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries) will be closed (there is possibility of organisation of rehearsals and exercises as well as online events)
  • in churches there can be only 1 person per 20 m2, the obligation to cover the mouth and nose and to keep 1,5 meters of distance remains unchanged
  • sports infrastructure (such as swimming pools, gyms, fitness clubs, ski slopes) is closed - sport centers available only as part of professional sport
  • aqua parks, gyms, fitness studios, saunas, solariums, Turkish baths, slimming salons and casinos are out of their services
  • hairdressers & beauty salons all over Poland will be closed
  • all students in Poland will learn remotely
  • online working is recommended wherever possible
  • nurseries and kindergartens will be open

 

The following places will be conditionally open from 12th of February:

- hotels (up to 50% of seats)

- cinemas, theatres, philharmonics (up to 50% of seats)

- some sports facilities: ski slopes, playing fields and swimming pools

 

From 01st of February
 
- all shops in the shopping centres will be reopened
- museums and art galleries will be reopened
- senior citizens' hours are canceled
 
Other restrictions remain unchanged until the 14th of March
 
 
New safety rules will be introduced in Poland in response to the fight against the coronavirus from
28th of December to 17th of January, extended to 31th of January:
 
  • 10-day quarantine for those arriving in Poland by organised transport; the quarantine does not apply to students or pupils
  • restriction of the functioning of shopping centres- only grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, pet stores, hairdressing and beauty salons, newspaper stores and services, as well as free-standing large-format furniture shops remain open
  • ski slopes will be closed
  • restriction of the functioning of hotels - available for uniformed services, doctors, patients of specialist hospitals; employee hotels are also an exception
  • sports infrastructure available only for professional sport
 

 

The existing rules and restrictions are extended until 31th of January:

- closed cultural institutions (theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries, community centres)

- restaurants, bars and cafes will be closed; meals for take-away or delivery only

- 50% of the seats left empty or 30% of all space available will be in use in public transport

- closed gyms, fitness clubs and aquaparks

- prohibition of weddings, communion, congregations, meetings and events

- participation in meetings in public spaces- max. 5 people

- senior citizens' hours - Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (except for 24.12.2020)

- max. 1 person per 15 m2 in churches

- max. 1 person per 15 m2 in shops

- nurseries and kindergartens operate without changes

- hair and beauty salons operate under a sanitary regime 

 - remote teaching in the universities, secondary schools and primary schools (pupils from grades 1-3 will return to school from 18th of January)
 
From 28th of November to 27th of December
 
- the shopping centres and furniture stores will be reopened
- the parties and meetings organised at homes can be attended by a maximum of 5 people. This limit does not include the person inviting to the party and people who live together with that person.
- the operation of swimming pools, aquaparks, gyms, fitness clubs and centers is suspended throughout the country, except for those which: 
  • operate in entities performing therapeutic activities intended for patients
  • are intended for people practicing sports as part of sports competition, sports activities or events
  • are intended for students and pupils – as part of classes at university or school
- the libraries may open (one person per 15 m2 allowed)
- the night clubs, discos and other places for dance are closed, except for sports dance clubs
 
Moreover the current safety measures are extended until 27th of December
 
 

From 7th to 29th of November:

- the cultural institutions will be closed (theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries, community centres)

- the functioning of the shopping centres will be limited.The grocery stores, drugstores, pet stores, repair and construction products, newspaper stores and services remain open

- hotels will be available only to guests on a business trip

- 1 person per 10m2 allowed in shops up to 100 m2, 1 person per 15 m2 allowed in shops over 100 m2

- 1 person per 15 m2 allowed in churches

- meetings in public spaces up to 5 people

Moreover the current security measures are extended until November 29th

  • in public transport there are half of the seats left vacant or 30% of all space available will be in use
  • pools, aqua parks and gyms are out of their services
  • restaurants are closed (take-away or delivery only)
  • ban on organizing meetings and events
  • remote teaching is obligatory in universities and schools
 
 From 24th of October whole Poland will be in the red zone.
 
- Restaurants will be closed with permission to carry out delivery or take-away activities
- The maximum number of participants in public gatherings, events, meetings shall be limited to 5 people (except the business meetings)
- Remote learning in classes 4-8 of primary schools
- The obligation for children under sixteen to move under the care of a parent or guardian between 8:00 a.m. and 16:00 p.m.
- Restriction on the movement of persons over 70 years of age- excluding the exercise of professional activities, necessary needs related to current affairs of everyday life or participant in mass or religious rituals
 

From 17th of October Bialystok will be in the red zone.

New restrictions:

- Limitation of the number of people in shops to 5 people per 1 cash register- From 19.10 - ban on organising special events (weddings, consoles and others)-  During religious ceremonies no more than 1 person per 7m2
- The maximum number of participants in public gatherings shall be limited to 10 people
- Remote teaching (excluding practical classes) is obligatory in universities and secondary schools

- Restaurants may be open between 6:00 and 21:00. Every second table may be occupied. After 21:00 only take-away meals can be ordered

- The number of people in public transport can be limited to 50% seats or 30% of all number of places
- Sports events without public participation
- In cultural events max. 25% of seats occupied by the public
- Suspended activity of swimming pools, aquaparks and gyms
 
 

From 10th of October using a mask in the public places will be obligatory.

Masks remain obligatory:

  • in buses, trams and trains;
  • in passenger cars, when riding with somebody you don’t live with on a daily basis;
  • in a store, bank, market and post office;
  • in the cinema and theatre;
  • at the doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, massage and tattoo parlours;
  • in church, at school, at the university;
  • in public buildings, including offices, in particular while handling official matters;

Exceptions. Where don't you have to cover your mouth and nose?

  • in a restaurant or bar – when you take your place at the table and eat or drink
  • at work – if you do not have contact with outsiders (e.g. when serving clients and applicants)
  • in the forest
  • when eating meals or drinks after taking a seat on a train subject to mandatory seat reservation, including meals and drinks issued on board the train (WARS restaurant wagon)

Note: Covering your mouth and nose in public spaces is mandatory. Exemptions are provided for individuals who cannot cover their mouths or noses due to:

  • pervasive developmental disorders, mental disorders, moderate, severe or profound intellectual disabilities;
  • difficulties with covering or uncovering one’s mouth or nose on their own.

The police may issue a fine of up to 500 PLN for not having the mask.