As of Saturday, October 24, new and tighter government restrictions will take effect in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. The measures include the closure of restaurants for two weeks and remote schooling for grades four to eight in elementary schools.
The entire country will be subject to coronavirus red zone restrictions as of Saturday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a Friday press conference announcing new measures to be introduced by the government in an attempt to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
Poland expects a further increase in daily coronavirus infections and there may be up to 15,000 new cases reported this Saturday, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski told a Thursday press conference.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that he will recommend making the whole of Poland an epidemic red zone from Saturday. Morawiecki said on TV that he will make the proposal at a forthcoming sitting of a government crisis team.
Out of a total of 380 counties in Poland, close to 300 may soon become 'red zones' due to the rise in coronavirus infections, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski told the parliament on Wednesday.
The Polish government has imposed new restrictions, which have come into force on Saturday, October 17, in order to "save the health and lives of the Polish people."
Under new epidemic laws to come in on Saturday, October 17, the public will be banned from sporting events in so-called red-zone parts of the country. On Monday further restrictions will ban large private gatherings.
The new restrictions come into force Saturday as Poland’s infection rate spirals out of control with over 8,000 being recorded in just ONE day.
The Polish health ministry is "heading towards announcing over a hundred counties as red zones" with the toughest COVID-19 epidemic-related restrictions, including a number of major cities, the ministry's spokesman said on Wednesday.
As of October 10, the full territory of Poland is designated as a 'yellow-zone' subject to renewed restrictions, except for 32 counties and six cities that are on the list of 'red' zones, as the number of new daily cases exceeded 4,000 Thursday and Friday.