What’s on in Poland in June 2020: reopened zoos, drive-in cinemas, weather, changes in nature, holidays, celebrations, new regulations

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Weather in Poland in June

The astronomical first day of summer (when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky – the summer solstice) falls in 2020 on June 20. In Poland, the summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight of the whole year (16 hours 46 minutes, sunrise: 4.14 am, sunset: 9 pm) and is seen as the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Meteorologically speaking, summer in Poland begins on June 22, with autumn starting on September 23.

Technically, the spring season lasts until June 22 but June in Poland is considered as a summer month. After all, it’s the time when school summer break starts (end of the school year in Polish schools in 2020: June 26). Average monthly temperature in June in Poland is 16,6°C / 62°F, and average monthly rainfall level is 69 mm (the second highest after July).

Read more about the weather in Poland in summer.

What’s new in nature in Poland in June

June in Poland is a strawberry season! But have you tried WILD strawberries? Find out more in our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer.

Fields of gold – rapeseed/canola
A typical Polish countryside landscape at the end of May and in June – vast yellow fields of blooming rapeseed (rzepak). Rapeseed oil (olej rzepakowy) and rapeseed honey (miód rzepakowy) are very popular in Poland. Canola oil is used for frying and salads. Canola honey (miód rzepakowy) – due to large rapeseed cultivation in Poland – is one of the cheapest kinds of honey. It has a very light straw color and almost white after crystallization.
Countless petals – peonies 
Gardens in Poland in June are in full bloom with countless flowers, including peonies (in Polish piwonie or peonie) which are available only for a short period of time in June.
Peony is one of the most popular flowers found in Polish traditional home gardens. It has many colors (pink, red, white) and a very nice fragrance. The beauty of these plants lies in the multitude of flower petals, which, when developed, often form the perfect ball.
Red poppies and blue cornflowers
One of the most beautiful, unforgettable views of June in Poland are the fields and meadows with blooming poppies and cornflowers. Stunning, isn’t it?

Re-opened zoos in Poland

Wrocław Zoo

The Zoo in Wrocław has been reopened on May 21. Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm. Most of indoor pavilions, rope park, playground will remain closed. Africarium – the only oceanarium in the world dedicated to Africa’s water environment – will be open (there is a one-way visitors traffic in Africarium). Animal feeding shows are suspended. The Japanese Gate / Brama Japońska will remain closed. It’s recommended to buy tickets online. More tips in English about visiting the Zoo in Wrocław in our post.

Warsaw Zoo

The Zoo in Warsaw has been reopened on May 20. Only the outdoor area is available to visitors (indoor pavilions and playground will remain closed), with the limit of 3000 visitors at the same time. Opening hours: weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, weekends 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). The Zoo recommends buying tickets with mPay application. Two entrances will be open: from Ratuszowa Street and the Most Gdansk bridge (only one ticket office be open at each entrance). Animal feeding shows are suspended.

Łódź Zoo

The Zoo in Łódź has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). The playground remains closed. It’s recommended to buy tickets online.

Gdańsk Zoo

The Zoo in Gdańsk has been reopened on May 19. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (last entrance: 6 pm). Entrance only with online tickets! 500 people can be at the same time in the ZOO. The ticket offices, Small Zoo, pavilions, train, rope park remain closed.

Kraków Zoo

The Zoo in Kraków has been reopened on May 20. Opening hours: 9 am – 6.30 pm (ticket offices close an hour earlier). 1200 people can visit the Zoo at the same time. It’s recommended to buy tickets online. Animal feeding shows are suspended. Playground as well as the nocturnal animal pavilion, giraffe, mini-zoo and ‘exotarium’ will be closed.

Katowice area – the Silesian Zoological Garden in Chorzów

Śląski Ogród Zoologiczny reopens on June 1. The Zoo is open every day 9 am – 7 pm. Entrance to the zoo will only be possible through the main gate (the gate and ticket office at Złota street will be closed). 900 people can visit the zoo at the same time. It will not be possible to enter the pavilions. The Mini Zoo and all playgrounds will be closed. Tickets can be bought at the zoo ticket office – we suggest cashless payment. You can buy tickets online.

Poznań Zoo

The Zoo in Poznań will reopen on Friday, June 19. Entrance tickets to the New Zoo will be available only online or in ticket vending machines (payment only by card). Some of the indoor pavilions and playing area for children will not be available to visitors. The Old Zoo will be opened too (with only the park area available to visitors, the indoor pavilion will be closed).

Drive-in and open-air cinemas in Poland

According to new regulations in Poland, drive-in cinemas (kino samochodowe) can operate from May 18 (regular cinemas can be reopened from June 6). We have prepared for you a list of drive-in cinemas in selected cities in Poland. Drive-in cinemas in Poland are still under preparation, so the post with the list of locations will be updated every few days. Stay tuned and enjoy it!

Drive-in cinemas in Wrocław

Arkady Wrocławskie shopping center, OH KINO, Powstańców Śląskich 2-4. Drive-in cinema will be located on the roof of Arkady Wrocławskie (available for thirty cars). More on Facebook.

Parking lot at Stadion Wrocław, Al. Śląska 1 Street. Online tickets (from 40 PLN). Screenings on Friday and Saturday at 10 pm and 12.20 am. More in Polish.

Drive-in cinemas in Poznań

Kino Ferment, Głogowska 248 Street (the area next to Wielkopolska Giełda Odzieżowa WGO), online tickets (30 PLN for a car with 1 person, 50 PLN for a car with 2 persons). Facebook event.

Parking lot at the Ławica Poznań Airport, Freeflyers Cinema, Bukowska 285 Street. Facebook event.

Drive-in cinemas in Łódź

Parking lot at the Widzew Stadium, a. Piłsudskiego 138 Street, online tickets (45 PLN per car). Two movies each day (6 pm and 9 pm).

Drive-in cinemas in Katowice area

Parking lot at Sosnowiec Cultural Center (Energetyczne Centrum Kultury), Będzińska 65 Street, online tickets (10 PLN per car).

Drive-in and open-air cinemas in Tri-City (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot)

Parking lot at the Forest Opera / Opera Leśna, Moniuszki 12 Street, Sopot, online tickets. Facebook page. Two sections: drive-in cinema (30 cars) and cinema on deckchairs (150).

Rooftop open-air cinema, GdańskGdański Teatr Szekspirowski, Wojciecha Bogusławskiego 1 Street. Website, Facebook page.

Parking lot at Gdynia Arena, Kazimierza Górskiego 8 Street (entrance from Wileńska Street), online tickets (45 PLN per car). Two movies each day (6 pm and 9 pm), capacity – up to 200 cars. More in Polish.

Parking lot at the Gdańsk airport, Spadochroniarzy 3 Street (Parking P6). Online tickets (37 PLN per car).

Drive-in cinemas in Kraków

Parking lot at the city stadium (Stadion Miejski), Reymonta 20 Street, online tickets (40 PLN per car). Facebook event.

Drive-in cinemas in Warsaw

Several drive-in cinemas will be launched in Warsaw this summer. The locations in Warsaw include the National Stadium, Żerań (Białołęka district), Soho (Praga district), Bemowo.

Drive-in cinema in Wola
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola). Online tickets (50 PLN per car with 2 persons, 60 PLN per car with 3 persons). Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 9.30 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Drive-in cinema in Żerań (Białołęka) next to the Vistula river
Location: Myśliborska 11 Street. Capacity: 100+ cars. 50 PLN per car (tickets to be purchased before the event, payment – card only). Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 9 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Open-air cinema at SOHO Factory in Praga
Location: SOHO Factory in Praga district, Chono Lulu Bistro & Bar, Mińska 25 Street. Screenings every Wednesday and Friday at 9 pm, free entrance, number of seats limited. Facebook event in Polish.

Free drive-in cinema, two parallel screenings for adults and children
Friday, June 5, 9 pm. Location: Global Expo, Modlińska 6D Street (Białołęka). Free online tickets (required registration code: KinoHumanites). Facebook event in Polish.

Shopping Sunday and trade ban in Poland in June 2020

In June 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: June 28. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.

Public holidays and celebrations in Poland in June 2020

  • June 1

Children’s Day 
Kids receive gifts. Schools and kindergartens host special events for kids – picnics, concerts, games, sports competitions, etc. Usually, there are many events for children organized all over Poland by the city authorities, institutions, theaters, restaurants. This year will be different but for sure parents will make this day special for children!

  • June 11

Corpus Christi / Boże Ciało
Bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers are closed. Only some smaller local convenience stores can be open and stores at gas stations. The Catholic church organizes in each parish huge outdoor procession (in many places in Poland traffic is stopped during the processions). The procession stops at four altars temporary built on the streets. Girls dressed in white scatter flower petals. The altars are decorated with birch-tree twigs which can be later taken home and are kept the whole year to protect a family.

  • June 20

The astronomical first day of summer
Meteorologically speaking, summer begins on June 22. The beginning of astronomical summer is also the longest day of the year. The sun will rise at 4.14 am and the sunset will start at 9 pm. Our post about the weather in Poland in June.

  • June 23

St. John’s Night / Wreaths (Noc Świętojańska / Wianki)
The holiday has a pagan background (a pagan name is Sobótka meaning fire). Nowadays, it is mostly the opportunity to celebrate midsummer with various festivities, including concerts, singing songs, bonfire jumping. Women wear wildflower wreaths that later are thrown into river or pond.

Father’s Day
It’s not as loudly celebrated as Mother’s Day (celebrated in Poland on May 26), however, each mother makes sure that children at least hug their father;)

  • June 26

End of the school year in Polish schools
The last day of the school year is celebrated with speeches, concerts, shows. Teachers get flowers. Parents of younger kids usually take a day or a few hours off to participate in the ceremonies. In 2020, the school year will resume on September 1.

  • June 28

Shopping Sunday
In June 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: June 28. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.

COVID-19 regulations and restrictions in Poland

Air and railway transport in Poland 

  • The ban on international flights is lifted from June 16.
  • LOT Polish Airlines resumed domestic passenger flights on June 1.
  • International passenger railway transport resumes on June 22. There is an obligation to cover the mouth and nose on the train throughout the journey.

Reopening of the borders

  • From June 13, Polish borders with the European Union countries are re-opened. 
  • Travelers are allowed to freely enter, exit and transit through the country WITHOUT the obligation of undergoing quarantine.
  • The European Union’s external borders remain closed.

Schools

  • Nurseries and kindergartens in Poland may be opened from May 6.
  • Reopening (from May 25) of primary schools (szkoła podstawowa) for children of grades 1-3. Daycare will be provided for children whose parents decide for their children to go to school (in Polish: świetlica). Depending on the situation in a given school, the headmaster will decide whether the particular school will continue online education or will go back to regular classes at school.
  • Remaining schools in Poland will NOT reopen until the end of the school year (June 26).
  • From June 1, consultations at schools with teachers are allowed for students.
  • An additional care allowance (zasiłek opiekuńczy) for parents of children under 8 years old is extended until June 28. The allowance will also be granted to those parents who decide that their child won’t go to nursery/kindergarten/school (even if it’s opened). Detailed info in Polish.
  • High school final exams (matura) take place from from June 8 to June 29 (there will be no oral exams, only written).
  • Primary school final exams / eighth grade exams (egzamin ósmoklasisty) take place from June 16 to June 18.

Obligation to cover the mouth and nose has been limited from May 30 

  • In open space you either keep a 2-meter distance or you wear a mask. If in the open space it’s possible to keep a 2-meter distance, 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). But for example on a crowded street full of people – you have to cover your mouth and nose.
There are places where you must cover your mouth and nose:
  • buses and trams,
  • shops,
  • cinemas and theaters,
  • massage and tattoo parlors,
  • churches,
  • public offices (if you are going to settle some matter to the office).

Outdoor playgrounds

  • From May 30, the outdoor gyms and playgrounds will be reopened.

Full opening of hotels in Poland

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

What is reopened in Poland from June 6: 

  • Cinemas, theaters, operas, ballet,
  • Swimming pools, gyms, fitness clubs, play rooms and amusement parks,
  • Saunas, solariums, massage and tattoo parlors.
  • It will also be possible to organize fairs, exhibitions and congresses.

The organization of outdoor gatherings with up to 150 participants is allowed from May 30

  • Participants must, however, cover their mouths and nose or maintain a 2-meter social distance.
  • Local government can decide that in a particular region in Poland the public gatherings should not be allowed.

The organization of weddings and other family gatherings with up to 150 participants is allowed from June 6

  • Wedding guests do not have to wear face masks.

Find out more in our post with daily updates on coronavirus regulations and restrictions in Poland.

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