Warsaw police have detained 278 people after Saturday protests against government anti-coronavirus restrictions that took their most severe form since the spring's first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Within the Polish Devlopment Fund's (PFR) 'Financial Shield' to mitigate fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, sectors affected by restrictions have received almost PLN 4 billion (EUR 874 million) in support, PFR President Pawel Borys tweeted on Wednesday.
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.
Face mask regulations, raising the number of hospital beds for COVID-19 cases and the startup of a 'Stop Covid' application are among the anti-epidemic measures proposed on Wednesday in the Sejm (lower house) by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Additional restrictions aimed at slowing down the rise in coronavirus infections are likely to be announced over the weekend or early next week, government spokesperson Piotr Mueller said on Wednesday, ruling out the imposition of a lockdown.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that if there was a need for further sanitary restrictions connected with the coronavirus pandemic, they would be announced by the government within two to three days.
Temporary hospital beds will be located in the stadium’s conference hall which has a seating capacity of 58,580.
The Atlantic Sports Fitness Siłownia Squash Klub said they would be operating as a shop where people can go and test their equipment. Health Minister Adam Niedzielski slammed the move as “extreme selfishness.”