Further restrictions on everyday lives and new rules on social distancing have been introduced by the Polish government, for the period from April 1st until (at least) April 15th:
ABOVE ALL: STAY INSIDE!!!
GO OUT ONLY IF YOU MUST! (work, basic shopping, confirmed volunteering, medical appointment)
WALKING OUT SHOULD BE SHORT. NO HANGING AROUND!
ONLY 2 PEOPLE AT A TIME ARE ALLOWED TO GET TOGETHER !
NO GROUPS (max.2 PERSONS) : INSIDE OR OUTSIDE! AT ANYTIME – ANYWHERE!
THE POLICE CAN ENFORCE FINES UP TO 30,000 PLN / PERSON FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT SELF-ISOLATE!
DETAILED NATIONAL QUARANTINE LAWS:
- Use disposible gloves* and put them on EACH time BEFORE entering ANY store. Throw them out after a single use. Make sure you know HOW TO TAKE THEM OFF! ⇒
(stores should provide you with plastic disposable gloves, but better to have your own!)
- Do your shopping either BEFORE 10 am or AFTER 12 pm. Store hours between 10-12 are now RESERVED for people over 65 years of age.
- Only 2 people may stand in line per counter at the postal office, and at least 2 meters apart. Only 3 people in line per counter everywhere else, including open-air markets!
- Hotels and hostels will be closed for tourists. Barber shops, beauty parlors piercing and tatoo studios will be closed.
- No access to public parks, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, beaches, gardens, promenades – they are out of bounds!
- Stop using CityBikes / CityScooters!
- Children up to the age of 18 are allowed outside ONLY if accompanied by an adult.
- Avoid using public transport and use it only if the number of passengers inside is not more than half of the seats available. Each bus/tram has a maximum number of passangers displayed near the doors.
- You are still allowed to go out for basic shopping, pharmacy, medical appointment, work-related reasons or proven volunteer engagement. Otherwise, #stayathome!
- Grocery chain stores such as: Żabka, Biedronka, Aldi, Lidl, Społem, Stokrotka, Lewiatan, Tesco, Carrefour, Auchan as well as all pharmacies and convenience stores such as Rossman, Hebe and other small stores – remain open. Small local bakeries, fruit/vegetable and meat stores – remain open. Check ordering apps such as: UberEats, Glovo, PysznePL, GlodnyPL for food deliveries.
How to do your shopping safely?
- Make a list of things you need to buy before leaving your place of residence. This will help you spend less time walking around the store.
- Walk to your store or drive in your own car, but refrain from taking public transport to go shopping.
- Touch as little as possible around you. Use disposable gloves. When in public, never touch your face especially around your eyes, mouth and nose. As soon as you return to your place, wash your hands for 30 seconds according to WHO guidelines.
- Carry your own shopping bag with you, try not to use a store’s carrying basket or a trolley if possible. Use your own bag – it’s cleaner.
- When standing in line, keep your distance (2 meters) away from other people. Also keep your distance from the cashier and other store employees.
- Pay contactless with your card or phone (avoid putting your PIN code to card terminals each time). If you must use your PIN, press the numbers on the pin pad with your knuckles (lesser the chance of infecting your face with your fingers later). Also carry a small disinfecting liquid in your pocket and use it to clean your hands upon leaving the store.
- Remember that people tend to touch all the knobs, handles and railings in the store (for example in cold storage). If you also need to touch them – use antibacterial liquid when you leave the store and when you come back home.
- When shopping in an open fruit and vegetable market – do NOT touch anything, let the SELLER hand you over whatever you buy.
- Cooking, boiling, baking and frying your meat or other raw products (in 60 deg.Celscius for 30 minutes) makes it absolutely safe. Always wash your fruits and vegetables, peel off their skins, throw them away and wash your hands before eating.
For those in official quarantine: new rules extend the enforcement of the quarantine laws over ALL people who share residence with the person under quarantine
The Polish Police are entitled to issue fines up to 30,000 PLN/person for refusing to comply with the above mentioned regulations!
Please, follow the rules!
*A How-To Guide for the Removal (Doffing) of Disposable Gloves:
- Pinch and hold the outside of the glove near the wrist area.
- Peel downwards, away from the wrist, turning the glove inside out.
- Pull the glove away until it is removed from the hand and hold the inside-out glove with the gloved hand.
- With your un-gloved hand, slide your finger/s under the wrist of the remaining glove, taking care not to touch the outside of the glove.
- Again, peel downwards, away from the wrist, turning the glove inside out.
- Continue to pull the glove down and over the inside-out glove being held in your gloved hand.
- This will ensure that both gloves are inside out, one glove enveloped inside the other, with no contaminant on the bare hands.