Poland on right track to defeating COVID-19 epidemic - PM

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that he was convinced that Poland was on the proper path to overcoming the COVID-19 epidemic.

Morawiecki, addressing a Friday press conference, added that new safety rules, which are to come into force soon, will be sufficient to keep the epidemic under control.

As of Saturday, Poles will not be obliged to wear face masks in public areas, and there will be no limits on the number of people in shops, restaurants and churches. Meetings of up to 150 people will also be possible.

Morawiecki said that the government had decided to ease the restrictions, while maintaining the obligation to wear masks in public transport, cinemas, theatres and at some workplaces which have their own safety rules.

Asked if he would consider returning to the obligation of wearing masks under the existing rules (also in open spaces) if the easing of restrictions proved to be too far-reaching, the PM replied that a perfect rule to fight coronavirus did not exist.

He emphasised that nothing could be prejudged in this case, but added that he is convinced that Poland is on track to overcome the COVID-19 epidemic.