The debt of hotels, restaurants and catering firms increased by one third in 2020 compared to the previous year and now stands at around PLN 280 million (EUR 61.8 million).
Pandemic affected restaurants, hotels and non-public schools have received over PLN 700 million (EUR 154.4 million) in aid from the government's so-called financial shield, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.
The Polish government will spend PLN 1 billion (EUR 220 million) as part of a support programme for mountain regions hit by the coronavirus restrictions, a high-ranking government official has said.
Hotels and restaurants will probably have to remain closed during the winter holiday scheduled for January 4-17, the spokesperson of the Polish health ministry said on Tuesday.
The measures, which include closing all theatres, museums, shopping galleries and most shops in the next few days, were announced just hours after the health ministry said the country had recorded daily records of 24,692 positive tests and 373 deaths.
Ten percent of hotels in Poland reopened after a loosening of restrictions in the hospitality sector on May 4, said the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP) on Saturday.
In an online press conference PM Mateusz Morawiecki unveiled the government’s step-by-step plan to getting the country out of lockdown saying that restaurants could reopen soon. But he warned that shopping centre food courts and on-site catering services would remain closed, fitness clubs, recreational areas and cinemas located in shopping centres will also remain closed and hotel restaurants and recreational areas will remain shut.
Due to the threat of coronavirus, the authorities of the Tatra National Park (TNP) in southern Poland have taken the decision to close the facility to tourists from Friday, the park's directorate has announced.