Poland likely to ease some Covid-19 restrictions as of Feb. 1

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A Polish government official has said that Poland will likely ease some coronavirus-related restrictions as of February 1 since the number of new daily Covid-19 cases in the country is stable.

"The situation with regard to the number of new daily Covid-19 cases is stable so I think that some restrictions will be eased as of February," Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska told a private radio broadcaster on Saturday.

Kraska added that "it is possible that shopping centres will open in February."

At the same time, Kraska said that Poland's neighbouring countries, namely, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have been hit by a third wave of the virus.

"We have a very cautious approach," Kraska stated, adding that "all the decisions, which are being taken, as well as the ones which will be taken at the beginning of next week, are and will be duly considered."

The official expressed his conviction that the retail trade sector will be the first to open, and said that shopping centres may also possibly open in February.

In mid-January, the government decided to extend all coronavirus-related restrictions to January 31.

Hotels and ski slopes as well as all shopping centres have been closed, as have been gyms, fitness clubs and aquaparks. The closedown does not include grocery stores, book and press shops, or pharmacies. Remaining open are large free-standing furniture stores. Restaurants are only allowed takeaway or home delivery sales.