Poland may ease restrictions below 19,000 COVID-19 cases - health min

A national quarantine will be introduced if the threshold of 27,000 average number of cases is crossed, Niedzielski said. Marcin Obara/PAP

Poland may relax the current nationwide COVID-19 restrictions to the red zone status if seven-day average incidence falls below 19,000, and further to the yellow zone status if the daily infection count remains below 10,000, the health minister said on Saturday.

"If we head below 19,000 on average, then we foresee return to the red zone, if below 10,000, there will be room for the yellow zone," Adam Niedzielski told a press conference.

He also said that if the COVID-19 infection count falls below 4,000, Poland will apply green zone restrictions nationwide.

A national quarantine will be introduced if the threshold of 27,000 average number of cases is crossed, Niedzielski added.

In red zones, restaurants and bars opening hours are capped to 6 am - 9 pm with every other table available to customers, deliveries only otherwise. The number of people at retail premises is capped at five per checkout. Participation at cultural events is capped at 25 percent. A ban applies to events such as wedding receptions, participation in other gatherings is capped at 10 people while religious ceremonies are limited to one person per seven square metres. No attendance is allowed at sports events. Gyms, swimming pools, waterparks are temporarily closed. Middle, high schools and universities are taught in remote mode. Public transport traffic is capped at 50 percent of seats or 30 percent of total capacity.

In yellow zones, restaurants are allowed to function between 6 am and 9 pm, after which there is takeaway only, there is a cap of gatherings (including weddings) at 25, with religious ceremonies capped at one person per four square meters. Swimming pools, aqua-parks and gyms are also closed in yellow zones. Middle and high schools function in a 'hybrid' mode, mixing traditional and distance learning. Travel by public transport is limited to 50 percent of seating capacity or 30 percent of total capacity.