Malls, museum, schools reopen Tuesday

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Poles can now enjoy the delights of shopping malls, museums and art galleries after a relaxation of lockdown restrictions allowed them to reopen on Tuesday.

Schoolchildren in forms one to three have also returned to regular classes.

Restaurants located in shopping centres can offer take-away services and home deliveries until mid-May, after which they will be allowed to operate outside gardens.

The loosening of restrictions follows significant reductions in the number of Covid infections and deaths in Poland as the third wave, which buffeted the country earlier this year, loses momentum.

But shoppers will still have to wear face masks, and shops will have to provide protective gloves and disinfectant for customers. One person per 15 sqm will be permitted in shops of up to 100 sqm, and one person per 20 sqm will be allowed in larger premises.

Visitors to museums and galleries will also have to wear masks, and only one visitor per 15 sqm will be allowed in indoor museum and gallery rooms.

The restrictions will not apply to outdoor exhibitions, however, where people will only be obliged to observe social distancing rules.

Regular school classes have been reinstated for elementary forms one to three, while forms four to eight and secondary school children will continue learning remotely until May 17, when they will switch to a hybrid learning model.

All kindergartens will operate normally.