Sixteen 'red' zones, 28 'yellow' zones in Poland - gov't agency

The Government Legislation Centre announced on Thursday that a total of 16 counties and the northern Polish city of Sopot in Poland are designated as 'red' zones, while 28 other counties and six cities are 'yellow' zones.

The most rigorous sanitary restrictions have been put in areas called 'red' zones, where wearing face masks in public, including outside, has been made obligatory. Capacity in cinemas is capped at 25 percent of the available number of seats. Theme and amusement parks have been closed. Cultural events, conferences and fairs have been suspended, while sporting events cannot admit spectators.

The list of 'yellow' zones includes twenty-eight counties and cities with county rights and includes: Gdansk, Gdynia, and Szczecin, in northern Poland; Rzeszow, southeastern Poland; and Kielce and Nowy Sacz, in southern Poland. Less stringent restrictions are implemented in 'yellow' zones.

In the '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 100 from the previously allowed 150.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced on Tuesday that a draft regulation would be presented soon, which will introduce new limits on the number of people attending assemblies, including family celebrations that would allow up to 100 persons in the green zone, up to 75 in the yellow zone and a 50-person limit on gatherings in the red zone.

According to the planned changes, the red zone will see new restrictions, including curfews for restaurants, pubs and bars (they can remain open until 10 p.m.). Also, the obligation to cover the mouth and nose outdoors will be extended and will also apply in the yellow zone, and not only in the red zone, as introduced so far.