Coronavirus regulations and restrictions in Poland

Last update: October 21, 2020

The decisions regarding the possible tightening of certain restrictions are to be announced on Thursday, October 22.
New restrictions in YELLOW zone from Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Restaurants, bars, pubs allowed opening hours: 6 am – 9 pm. Every other table may be occupied. Restricting the opening hours of the restaurant does not apply to the preparation of food to go and home deliveries.
  • Universities and high schools -> hybrid/mixed system.
  • Public transportation -> 50% of the seats or 30% of the total number of seating and standing places.
  • Limiting the number of participants in family gatherings, weddings: 20 people (these changes apply from October 19, 2020).
  • Sporting events without an audience.
  • Swimming pools, aquaparks, gyms CLOSED.
  • Cultural events -> 25% of the available seats.
  • Religious ceremonies may be attended by max. 1 person per 4 m2.
  • A maximum of 25 people may participate in public gatherings.
New restrictions in RED zone from Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Universities and high schools – CLOSED/remote learning.
  • Limiting the number of people in stores depends on the size of the store: for stores with an area of up to 100 m2 -> 5 people per 1 cash register, and for stores with an area of over 100 m2 -> 1 person per 15 m2.
  • Ban on organization of family gatherings, weddings (from October 19, 2020).
  • Religious ceremonies may be attended by max. 1 person per 7 m2.
  • A maximum of 10 people may participate in public gatherings.

In addition, the same safety rules apply in the red zone as in the yellow zone:

  • Restaurants, bars, pubs allowed opening hours: 6 am – 9 pm. Every other table may be occupied. Restricting the opening hours of the restaurant does not apply to the preparation of food to go and home deliveries.
  • Public transportation – 50% of the seats or 30% of the total number of seating and standing places.
  • Sporting events without an audience.
  • Cultural events -> 25% of the available seats.
  • Swimming pools, aquaparks, gyms CLOSED.
Yellow and red zones in Poland

Masks and other regulations concerning the entire territory of Poland

  • Obligation to wear masks everywhere in public spaces (also in the open air).
    • You do NOT need to cover your mouth and nose in the forest, park, botanical gardens, historic gardens, family allotments, and on the beach.
    • Masks do NOT have to be worn by children until the age of 5.
    • The obligation to wear a mask also applies to people who practice sports recreationally, e.g. runners (unless we run e.g. in the park).
    • According to the regulations (October 17, 2020), people driving a car do NOT have to wear masks, even if they are not family.
  • Shopping hours for seniors are reintroduced from October 15. From 10 am to 12 am, from Monday to Friday, the stores (grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies) will be open only to seniors 60+. They apply to post offices as well. “Hours for seniors” do not apply to clothing stores, household appliances stores, furniture stores etc.

Air connections in Poland update (October 14 – 27)

  • The new flight ban does not apply to the member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Schengen Area, and Ukraine.
  • Ban on flights to Poland from the following countries until October 27, 2020: Belize; Montenegro; Brazil; Georgia; Jordan; Bahrain; Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Israel; Qatar; Kuwait; Libya; The United Arab Emirates; Argentina; Armenia; Chile; Iraq; Colombia; Costa Rica; Lebanon; Maldives; Moldova; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Tunisia; Cape Verde; United States of America; Oman; Bahamas.
  • The list was compiled based on the analysis of the epidemiological status in a given country (by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), taking into account the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. The list includes countries with more than 90 cases per 100,000 people.
  • The ban does not apply to countries that have introduced the solution ensuring that only passengers who have passed the SARS-CoV-2 test with a negative result will be accepted on board of the aircraft.
  • Source, the government regulation: https://www.premier.gov.pl/wydarzenia/decyzje-rzadu/rozporzadzenie-w-sprawie-zakazow-w-ruchu-lotniczym.html

New quarantine rules in Poland from September 2, 2020

  • From September 2, the quarantine time is reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
    • The 10-day quarantine applies to healthy people who have had contact with COVID-19 patients and for foreigners crossing the Polish border which is the European Union’s external border.
    • People in quarantine who are asymptomatic will NOT be tested. People who do not develop any symptoms will be automatically released from quarantine.
    • However, if symptoms appear during quarantine, the patient should consult a physician who will make decisions about further treatment.
  • Changes from September 2 in regulations regarding home isolation (isolation of a person whose first SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test result is positive).
    • What is home isolation? Patients who have been diagnosed with coronavirus but feel well enough that they do not have to stay in the hospital must stay in home isolation.
    • On day 7, the patient will receive an SMS with the information that on day 8-10 there should be a telephone consultation with a primary health care physician. During the telephone consultation, the doctor will assess the health condition and decide on a possible extension of isolation beyond 10 days (if there are symptoms of the disease).
    • If the patient is asymptomatic, isolation ends automatically on the 10th day after the test.
    • In the event of symptoms of infection, the duration of the isolation is a minimum of 13 days from the date of the appearance of symptoms. Importantly, the last three days must be asymptomatic.
  • The Polish borders with the European Union countries are opened from June 13, 2020 (no quarantine). After crossing other (the EU external borders) borders (with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus), there is a mandatory quarantine. The following people do NOT have to undergo a mandatory quarantine after crossing the EU external border:

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