New pandemic restrictions from Feb. 27

The new regulation package upholds many to-date restrictions but bans protective face shields, scarves and other substitutes for face masks. Albert Zawada/PAP

Poland will tighten pandemic restrictions from February 27. A government ordinance introducing the new regulations was published in the Polish journal of laws on Friday.

The new regulation package upholds many to-date restrictions but bans protective face shields, scarves and other substitutes for face masks. Protective shields will be permitted only in combination with a mask.

It also tightens restrictions in the northeastern Warminsko-Mazurskie province, which recently recorded a marked upsurge of the Covid-19 disease. The province will also be proclaimed a high-risk infection zone, with stricter regulations imposed on hotels, cinemas, theatres and shopping malls.

Persons wishing to cross Poland's border with the Czech and Slovak Republics will be required to be in possession of a valid negative Covid-19 test before being allowed to cross the border.

Negative Covid-19 test readings will also be required from persons entering medical rehab programmes. The tests will have to be carried out no earlier than 4 days prior to the start of the programme (6 days under earlier regulations).