Poland reopens cinemas, culture institutions from Friday

Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Polish cinemas, theatres, hotels and swimming pools can open again on Friday as part of a gradual loosening of lockdown restrictions.

But they will have to follow strict sanitary rules. According to the regulations, cultural facilities may open between February 12-28, but only at a maximum of 50 percent capacity, and there must be a distance of 1.5 metres between viewers or listeners. Visitors must also cover mouth and nose, and eating or drinking is forbidden.

However, the decision on whether to open or not is left to the discretion of the management.

Restaurants and bars remain closed and can offer only takeaway or home delivery services.

Since the beginning of pandemic in Poland in March 2020, the country has introduced a number of measures to counter the spread of coronavirus. At the end of December, the government announced that Poland would enter a 'national quarantine' until January 17.