New restrictions and Red Zone in and around Poznań from October 17
The Polish Ministry of Health officials said on Thursday that 152 counties and cities will be marked as red COVID-19 zones (highest restrictions) starting Saturday, October 17.
“This is nearly half of Poland. These are densely populated counties, number of citizens living in them equals more than 70 percent of the whole population of Poland,” the minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski stated yesterday.
Eleven regional capitals will be considered red zones: Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Kielce, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Olsztyn, Poznań, Rzeszów and Warsaw.
All parts of the country not marked as red zones are hence marked yellow (medium restrictions).
Impact on economy
- bars and restaurants can remain open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., with takeaways only after 9 pm. Only half of the tables can be occupied on-site.
- public transport – 50 % of seats can be occupied or 30 % of the vehicles capacity used.
- in shops and malls – up to 5 people can enter at a time per one open cash register
- shops and malls will only be serving senior citizens (60 years of age and older), from Monday through Friday, from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Impact on social life
- wedding receptions, other social events – banned
- religious ceremonies – maximum one person per every 7 square metres of space at the place of worship
- public gatherings – up to 10 people allowed
Impact on education, culture and sport
- universities, middle schools and high schools – remote learning (labs excluded)
- sporting events allowed with no spectators
- cultural events – up to 25 percent of seating capacity allowed
- swimming pools, water parks and gyms – closed