Warsaw likely to be declared 'yellow zone', new restrictions in force

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Following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Warsaw will almost certainly be placed in the yellow zone on Saturday, the spokesperson for the Health Ministry Wojciech Andrusiewicz has said. Over 100 counties will need to adhere to new restrictions.

Regarding the worsening epidemic situation, the yellow zones will include many more cities, as they currently cover 51 counties.

Within yellow zones, covering the mouth and nose outdoors will now be obligatory in public space, not only in red zones as to date.

In red zones, restaurants, pubs and bars will be open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., except for the delivery of food and take-away products.

The restrictions will also be enforced at gatherings and events, where, the number of people allowed to participate in the event will be limited to 50 in the red zone, to 75 in the yellow zone, as well as to 100 in the rest of the country.

In addition, there will be a ban on running discotheques and nightclubs, as well as activities providing space for dancing indoors and other enclosed spaces. Anyone who does not wear a mask will be obliged to present a medical certificate or other document confirming the person's disability at the request of the police or municipal guard.

The ministry also decided to introduce a requirement of a distance of at least 100 metres between individual gatherings, explaining that to date different gatherings had been held in the same place.

At the same time, however, there will be no need to cover mouth and nose in forests, parks, green areas, botanical gardens, historic gardens or beaches.