Coronavirus-related restrictions extended in Poland till January 31

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The Polish government has extended the current coronavirus-related restrictions until January 31, with the only exception being the decision to allow children from grades 1 through 3 to return to their schools as of January 18.

"We have decided to maintain all additional restrictions beyond January 18 apart from the introduction of full-time teaching in grades 1-3 in primary schools," Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced.

The current restrictions were imposed from December 28 to January 17 as a measure against the spreading Covid-19 disease.

All hotels and skiing facilities, as well as shopping centres remain closed. The closedown does not embrace groceries, book and press shops, or pharmacies. Also open are large free-standing furniture stores. Closed are gyms, fitness clubs and aquaparks, restaurants are only allowed takeaway or home delivery sales.

Public transport passengers are restricted to 50 seated or 30 percent of seated and standing room, with at least 50 percent of all seats left unoccupied.

Shoppers are restricted to one person per 15 sqm, and from Monday to Friday shops serve only senior citizens between 10:00 am and noon.