Polish parliament to debate coronavirus aid

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The Polish Sejm, the lower house of parliament, convened for a three-day session on Wednesday, after a three-week break, to debate a government relief package for the sectors affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

The draft bill introduces a one-off lost-business compensation for owners of hospitality, fitness, entertainment and physiotherapy businesses whose operations have been limited through the government's anti-COVID-19 restrictions.

The companies will have to prove they lost at least 40 percent of their revenue in October or November compared to the same months of 2019. However, such rules exclude companies set up this year.

Other issues to be discussed include the government's new departments, changes to teachers' regulations, municipal waste management and an increase in local roads funding.