Poland without risk of food and hygiene products shortage - official

Ptaszyński said that there will be no lack of imported products. Jakub Kamiński/PAP

There is no risk of food and hygiene product shortages, Deputy President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce Maciej Ptaszyński has said, adding that the wholesalers and distributors have large stocks, but they need some time to supply stores.

Ptaszyński added that there will be no lack of imported products. "Imports work. For the sake of security, some chains decided to suspend the import of products from some countries, but from other non-threat sources, imports are currently taking place without any problems," he added.

According to him, the government's restrictions on the limitations put on shopping malls on Friday should be assessed as preventive measures.

Ptaszyński said that the effects of this restriction may affect non-grocery stores and the HoReCa sector (hotel, restaurant, catering). He added that the scale of impact of this restriction and the impact on the economy will depend on how long it lasts. "Today it is difficult to estimate," he said.

On Friday evening, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced limitations on shopping malls, the closure of restaurants, cafes, bars and casinos, a ban on public gatherings over 50 people and a temporary entry ban on foreigners.

Grocery stores, pharmacies and drug stores will remain open while all other stores in shopping centres will remain closed from midnight on Friday, under the new measures announced by the prime minister. Shops, banks and service centres outside of shopping malls will not be affected.