Poland extends border controls to April 13

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The closure of Poland's borders, initially implemented for 10 days has been extended by a further 20, until April 13, the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Mariusz Kaminski announced on Wednesday.

Kaminski said the lockdown did not apply to the passage of goods. "There is absolutely no restriction and all goods that are essential to our citizens and to our country will cross the borders fluidly," he said.

The interior minister added that new restrictions had been introduced concerning border crossings by Polish citizens working every day beyond the border.

"From Friday, those people who cross the Polish border will be subject to a rigorous two-week quarantine," Kaminski said. "Those citizens have two days in which to stablilise their professional situation, they can stay on the other side of the border, they have time to rent temporary accommodation, maybe their employers will help them with that. However we must strengthen certain sanitary measures," he said.

According to Kaminski, a situation could not be allowed whereby citizens coming to Poland, especially from countries where the infection rate was higher, could freely cross the border.

"People working beyond the border will be able to cross freely only until Friday," Kaminski said.