COVID-19: temporary limitations in Poland

update: 14.05.2020

COVID-19 is something we do not really need to explain to all of you. This disease has changed our lives completely from the simple everyday things such as going to the supermarket, visiting friends and family to eating in a restaurants,  and traveling outside the country.

In those difficult times, each of the country has put its own restrictions according to their government.

Below please find the temporary limitations in Poland.

Valid until 17 May 2020:

  • Hairdressing salons and beauty studios are closed. They can reopen from 18 May.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes can only provide delivery and takeaway service. Restaurants may reopen their doors under strict sanitary regime after 18 May.
  • Only half of the seats in public transportation can be occupied. After 18 May maximum number of passengers will be equivalent to the number of seats or to 30% of total capacity of the vehicle.

Banned until 23 May 2020:

  • All domestic and international passenger flights.

Valid until 24 May:

  • All schools and universities are closed and classes are held via the Internet.

Banned until 12 June 2020:

  • Crossing Polish borders by foreigners (except: persons who are spouses, children or are under the care of Polish citizen, Pole’s Card holders, diplomats, people with a work permit, a permanent or temporary residence in Poland).

Valid until further notice:

  • At least a 2-meter distance between pedestrians must be maintained (excluding: parents with children up to 13 years of age, people with disabilities).
  • Ban on leaving home for persons under 13 years of age without adults.
  • Obligation to wear a face mask in public places (other mouth and nose coverings are also accepted).
  • Maximum 9 people are allowed to travel in cars with more than 9 seats.
  • Ban on organizing any meetings or events for more than two people, excluding family members. It does not apply to workplaces however special additional security measures must be provided.
  • Number of customers being simultaneously in stores is limited: for stores with a service area of less than 2000 m2 – number of cash desks multiplied by 4; for stores with a service area larger than 2000 m2: one person per 15 m2 of the area.
  • 14-day quarantine is obligatory for people who return from abroad, had contact with infected persons or live with a person who is in quarantine.
  • International railway traffic is suspended.

Hotels and shopping malls were allowed to reopen under strict sanitary regime from the 4 of May. Some cultural institutions such as museums are to reopen in upcoming days.

Hotels:

  • On-site restaurants remain closed and can only provide delivery and takeaway service.
  • At least a 1,5-meter distance between employees must be maintained.
  • Employees must be provided with face masks, gloves and hand sanitizing gel.
  • Common areas must be desinfected several times a day.
  • Elevators, handles, handrails, common toilets, reception desk, telephones and other frequently used objects must be desinfected every hour.
  • Hand sanitizing gel must be provided at the entrance hall, reception desk area, entrance to the elevators, on-site restaurants and close to the toilet exit doors.
  • Maximum number of guests is equivalent to the number of rooms multiplied by 2.
  • Common areas such as swimming pools, saunas, leisure rooms remain closed.
  • Minimum distance of 2 meters between guests using conference rooms must be maintained.
  • Only hotel staff and guests with valid reservation are allowed to be at the hotel.
  • Limited routine room cleaning should only be done at the customer’s request.
  • Special room cleaning and desinfection procedures are recommended.
  • Certain services such as porterage service can be suspended to increase security.
  • A separate room for potentially infected guest must be prepared.

Museums and attractions in Krakow and Małopolska region:

  • Wawel Castle: the arcaded courtyard and the Royal Gardens have been open to visitors from the 4th of May. Other exhibitions remain closed.
  • Museum of Kraków: the Barbican and the Defence Walls will be open to visitors in the upcoming days. Other branches, such as Schindler’s Factory, Old Synagogue or Rynek Underground Museum,  remain closed and information on reopening will be provided soon.
  • National  Museum in Kraków: The Cloth Hall is supposed to reopen until mid-May. Other branches will be open in due course, after obtaining sanitary certificates.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków is planned to be open on the 12th of May.
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum will remain closed at least until the beginning of July.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine is closed until the 31st of May.

As you can see, we are slowly trying to come back to our normal life. We know it is a very difficult time for everyone but we believe that we can go through this. Our company still exists and we all are working from home. We are availabile from 10 am until 4 pm – Monday till Friday.

You can contact us via email:
incoming@wygodatravel.pl

or mobile phones:
Agnieszka: +48 504 786 960
Karolina: +48 500 069 732

Please, stay safe and healthy!

Wygoda Incoming Team

On Kwiecień 21st, 2020, posted in: News by ,

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