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Poland reopens preschools as virus lets up

19.04.2021 07:30
Poland on Monday reopened nurseries and preschools to all children amid signs of a letup in the spread of the coronavirus.
Photo:PAP/Andrzej Grygiel

Under previous rules, preschools across the country were only allowed to admit children of medics, soldiers, police and firefighters.

In another relaxation of partial lockdown rules, outdoor sports facilities across the nation have reopened to the general public, though attendance at any one time must be limited to 25 people.

A host of other restrictions on public life, including the closure of indoor sports facilities, cinemas and many retail outlets, will remain in place until at least April 25 to help battle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemicthe country’s health minister said last week.

Indoor sports facilities nationwide remain closed to the general public, but are available to professional athletes.

Meanwhile, shopping malls are only allowed to sell essential items, and hotels will remain closed until at least May 3.

Poland on Sunday reported 12,153 new coronavirus infections and 207 more deaths, bringing the country's total number of cases during the pandemic to 2,688,025 and fatalities to 62,032.

Hair salons, beauty parlours remain shut

Poland at the end of last month imposed a range of stricter COVID-19 restrictions as officials reported record daily rises in infections and Niedzielski warned the country was "in a crisis situation."

According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland was at the time experiencing its most difficult moment in the pandemic, with the public health service approaching the limits of its capacity to cope.

Under rules in place since March 27, large retail outlets and churches must admit fewer people.

Meanwhile, hair salons and beauty parlours remain off-limits, while large furniture and home improvement stores remain shut.

Strict rules on face masks

Under a set of coronavirus restrictions that took effect on February 27, Poles are not allowed to use scarves, bandanas and plastic visors instead of masks to cover their face in public.

Under restrictions announced in October, pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout the country remain closed and are only allowed to provide take-aways and delivery orders.

As of October 10, people must cover their mouths and noses when outdoors in public places as well as in most indoor environments nationwide.


Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info