Poland tightens COVID-19 lockdown measures

A television screen shows Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic situation in Warsaw, Poland, 04 November 2020. [EPA-EFE/Leszek Szymanski]

Measures in Poland will be tightened from Saturday until at least the end of the month, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday, adding that the current tightening in Poland is “the penultimate step before a total national lockdown.”

“If there is no effect and infections continue to arrive as quickly, we will have to introduce restrictions on leaving homes, travelling and the operation of shops that do not sell the necessary goods and factories. The decision will be made in 7-10 days”, Morawiecki warned.

Under the new measures, remote learning will be extended to primary schools. Only kindergartens and nurseries will operate on a regular basis.

And though all restaurants, bars and pubs are to remain closed, takeaways and deliveries will be allowed. Cinemas, theatres, galleries and museums, will also be closed.

Restrictions will also apply to shopping malls. Only grocery shops, pharmacies and drugstores, as well as service points will be able to operate in shopping malls.

(Anna Wolska | EURACTIV.pl)

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