Seven 'red' zones, 12 'yellow' zones in Poland - deputy health minister

In all, there are now seven 'red' zone and 12 'yellow' zone counties, Kraska said. Marcin Obara/PAP

Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Thursday that two new counties in Poland had been named 'red' zones, while two others had been changed from 'red' to 'yellow' zones.

In all, there are now seven 'red' zone and 12 'yellow' zone counties, Kraska added.

The Health Ministry on Thursday updated the list of counties where additional restrictions had been reinstated due to a growth of new coronavirus infections in those areas.

Tougher sanitary restrictions are in force in 19 counties. Seven counties have been classified as 'red' zones, where the most rigorous measures have been put in place. Twelve more have been classified as 'yellow' zones, with less stringent restrictions being implemented.

The more rigorous 'red' restrictions are in force in: the Nowosądecki, Nowy Sącz and Nowotarski counties in the Małopolskie province, southern Poland; Wieluński county in the Łódzkie province, central Poland; the Rybnicki and Rybnik counties in the Śląskie province, southern Poland; and Lipski county in the Mazowieckie province, central Poland.

The list of 'yellow' zones includes: the Ruda Śląska, Pszczyński and Żory counties in the Śląskie province; the Ostrzeszowski and Ostrowski counties in the Wielkopolskie province, western Poland; Tatrzański county in the Małopolskie province, southern Poland; the Pajęczynski and Łowicki counties in the Łódzkie province, central Poland; the Przemyski and Jarosławski counties in the Podkarpackie province, south-eastern Poland; Biała Podlaska county in the Lubelskie province, eastern Poland; and Radziejowski county in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, northern Poland.

In 'red' counties, wearing face masks in public, including outdoors, is obligatory. The capacity of cinemas is limited to 25 percent of the available number of seats. Theme parks and amusement parks have been closed. Cultural events, conferences and fairs have been suspended, while sporting events cannot admit spectators.

In 'yellow' zones, face masks are not compulsory in public space, however, a social distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained. A 25-percent cap on audiences is obligatory in cinemas. Conferences and fairs can admit one person per four square metres.

The number of people at weddings and funerals has been capped at 50 in 'red' zones and at 100 in 'yellow' zones, from the previously allowed 150.

Asked about the beginning of the new school year on September 1 and the planned return of children to school, the official said this was necessary, since "remote education was not a good solution for young people nor for teachers." He admitted that the epidemiological situation differed in different regions and stated that a final decision on the matter would be taken either by school principals or local sanitary authorities.