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05 May 2020 | 11:03 AM UTC

Poland: Government further eases COVID-19 restrictions from May 4 /update 10

Poland News Alert

Polish government reopens hotels and malls from May 4; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Warsaw). COUNTRY/REGION Poland

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The Polish government announced that hotels, malls, and some open-air sport facilities will reopen as of Monday, May 4, amid plans to gradually ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Nurseries and kindergartens will also resume on Wednesday, May 6.

Forests and parks have reopened and more people are allowed to enter stores at the same time. Recreational activity for individuals over the age of 13 is permitted as long as a mask is worn and social distancing measures followed. Farmers are exempt from having to wear a facemask while working. Other restrictions including a ban on gatherings and the need to wear a mask in public spaces remain in effect.

Passenger air traffic and international rail traffic will remain suspended until Saturday, May 9. Additionally, land borders will remain closed until Wednesday, May 13, although exemptions will continue to be made for Polish nationals, residents, and those with valid work permits. All Polish citizens and residents returning to the country will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

As of Tuesday, May 5, 14,242 cases of COVID-19 and 700 associated fatalities have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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