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The state of epidemic threat

 

 

 

New rules in force as of 28 November

Stores

Between 28 November and 27 December, stores and commercial premises in shopping centres, and furniture stores can operate adhering to the strictest sanitary regime – maximum 1 persons per 15 m2, with an obligation to cover one’s mouth and nose, disinfect hands or wear protective gloves.

Stores will be open on Sundays, on 6, 13, and 20 December.

Education

Remote education has been extended until 3 January for all primary and secondary school students.

Winter break is planned for the period of 4 to 17 January 2021 for all schools in Poland.

Gatherings and meetings

No more than 5 people may attend gatherings and meetings organised at homes. The limit does not apply to people living in the same household.

 

 

New safety rules – from 7 November

New safety rules will be introduced on Saturday, 7 November. In all of Poland, in addition to the previously applicable restrictions, the following will apply:

  • Primary schools – grades 1-3 will also be covered by distance learning;

  • Cultural institutions – closed theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries, community centres, etc.;

  • Churches – 1 person/15m2;

  • Events and meetings – banned;

  • Shops in shopping centres: closed, with the exception of shops selling groceries, cosmetics, toiletries, cleaning products, medical and pharmaceutical products, DIY shops, shops selling pet products, press and services;

  • Trade (in other places): in shops up to 100m2 – 1 person/10m2, and in shops above 100m– 1 person/15m2;

  • Hotels – only available to guests on business trips.

As announced, the new safety rules are planned to apply until 29 November.

 

New safety rules - as of 24 October 

 Education and young people

  • Distance learning is mandatory in higher-education institutions, secondary schools and Years 4-8 of primary schools  (except practical classes).

  • Between 8:00 am and 4:00p.m, children and teenagers under 16 can only leave their house attended by an adult.

Social life and seniors

  • Only events, meetings and public gatherings attended by maximum 5 people are allowed. This does not apply to people living together in the same house, or to work-related meetings.

  • Restricted mobility of persons over 70, except:

    • performing work-related tasks,

    • leaving the house to meet one’s daily needs (e.g. shopping, doctor’s appointment),

    • going to church.

  • Suspended activities of sanatoriums, except stays which commenced before 26 October.

Food establishments

  • Restaurants, pubs and cafés are closed;  only take-away orders are permitted.

Sport

  • Sports events are held without spectators. The activities of fitness clubs, swimming pools and water parks are suspended.

 Moreover, the restrictions introduced on 17 October still apply.

 

Warsaw in  the red zone

As of 17 October, Warsaw is subject to restrictions applicable to red zones

Covering your mouth and nose in the public space, including

  • in public transport vehicles,

  • in streets, roads and squares, at cemeteries, promenades, boulevards, parking spaces, and forest car parks,

  • in common areas of residential properties, in staircases, lifts, laundry rooms and other common premises used by the residents of such buildings;

  • at work and in public utility buildings, e.g. offices, banks, post offices,

  • in retail or service premises and outlets, and on open-air markets (stands);

  • in churches and other places of worship,

  • at cinemas and theatres,

  • at doctor's offices, outpatient clinics and hospitals,

  • in massage and tattoo parlours.

Where is covering your mouth and nose not obligatory?

  • in forests, parks, green areas, botanical gardens, historic gardens, at family allotment sites, and at the beach,

  • in restaurants or bars - if you are sitting at a table, eating or drinking,

  • at work - if you do not have contacts with persons from the outside,

  • while having a meal or a drink after you take your seat on a train covered by obligatory booking, including meals and drinks served on the train (in WARS buffet cars).

Who does not have to cover their noses and mouths in public spaces?

  • children under 4,

  • persons who cannot cover their noses and mouths due to pervasive developmental disorders, mental disorders, moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability,

  • persons who have difficulties in covering or uncovering their mouths and noses without assistance,

  • persons who have trouble breathing (they must have a medical decision or certificate confirming such condition!),

  • public transport drivers and private transport service providers, if they are separated from the passengers with a screen,

  • clergymen performing religious ceremonies.

Collective public transport

  • a limited number of public transport passengers - only 50% of seats, or 30% of all places may be occupied;

  • the obligation to cover your mouth and nose.

Stores, open-air markets

  • the number of visitors to retails outlets is limited to 5 persons per 1 cash desk;

  • hours for seniors as of 15 October - from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 12:00 a.m., stores, chemist’s and pharmacies are open only to persons over 60;

  • the obligation to cover your mouth and nose;

  • use of disposable gloves or hand disinfectants.

Education

Higher-education institutions and secondary schools are running classes remotely (except practical classes).

Beauty, hair and tattoo salons

Only the staff and the clients currently being served may stay inside.

Fitness clubs

Their operations have been suspended.

Food establishments

  • Food establishments may be open between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Every second table can be occupied. After 9:00 p.m., only takeaway orders are permitted.

  • Inside the restaurant and in pavement cafés, clients are obliged to cover their mouths and noses until they take their seats where they will have their meal or drink. The staff must cover their mouths and noses.

Water parks and swimming pools

Their operations have been suspended.

Cinemas

25% seats occupied, a 1.5 metre distance; viewers are obliged to cover their mouths and noses.

Gatherings

  • Maximum 10 persons can take part in public gatherings;

  • participants are obliged to keep a 1.5 metre distance and cover their mouths and noses.

Churches

  • No more than 1 person per 7 sqm during religious celebrations;

  • the obligation to cover your mouth and nose

Weddings, communions, funeral receptions and other family celebrations and special events

As of 19 October - The organisation of the aforementioned events  (weddings, funeral receptions, and other) is prohibited.

Cultural events

  • As for cultural events, the audience should occupy maximum 25% seats during cultural events;

  • the obligation to cover your mouth and nose.

Sports events

Sports competitions, classes and events are organised without the participation of spectators.

Congresses, fairs

The organisation of congresses and fairs is prohibited.

Night clubs, discos and other dancing venues (the so called free dance floor).

Such operations are prohibited.

 

 

Senior shopping hours, starting October 15

From 10 to 12 a.m., Monday through Friday, only seniors 60+ will be allowed to shop in pharmacies drug stores and shops.

 

Specimen collection points in municipal outpatient clinics

Municipal outpatient clinics are establishing specimen collection points where patients with a referral from their primary care physicians (obtained during a phone consultation) can undergo tests for coronavirus infection.

There are currently eight such points operating in Warsaw, and further six are due to be opened between 12 and 19 October. The tests are free of charge - they are financed by the National Health Fund (NFZ). Residents with a referral for swab collection, issued by their primary care physician, may undergo tests in a location of their choice, irrespective of their address of residence.

Specimen collection points in municipal ambulatory healthcare centres:

No.:

Warsaw District

Service provider

Address of the specimen collection point

Activity commencement date

1.

Bemowo

Healthcare Centre Warszawa Bemowo-Włochy

ul. Coopera 5

05/10/2020

2.

Białołęka

Independent Public Healthcare Centre Białołeka

ul. Milenijna 4

12/10/2020

3.

Bielany

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Żoliborz

ul. Żeromskiego 13

05/10/2020

4.

Ochota

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Ochota

ul. Szczęśliwicka 36

15/10/2020

5.

Praga-Południe

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Praga Południe

ul. Kickiego 24

08/10/2020

6.

Praga-Północ

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Praga Północ

ul. Dąbrowszczaków 5a

19/10/2020

7.

Rembertów/Wesoła

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Wesoła

ul. Kilińskiego 48

01/10/2020

8.

Śródmieście

Solec Hospital

ul. Solec 99

15/10/2020

9.

Targówek

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Targówek

ul. Poborzańska 6

12/10/2020

10.

Ursus

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Ochota

ul. Kadłubka 18

15/10/2020

11.

Wawer

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Wawer

ul. Żegańska 1 (a car park near the District Office building)

06/10/2020

12.

Wesoła

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Wesoła

ul. Kilińskiego 48

01/10/2020

13.

Wilanów

Independent Public Ambulatory Care Clinics Warszawa-Mokotów

ul. Kostki Potockiego 31a

05/10/2020

14.

Włochy

Healthcare Centre Warszawa Bemowo-Włochy

ul. Cegielniana 8

07/10/2020

 

Epidemic-related procedures at municipal hospitals

Due to the epidemic situation in establishments managed by the City, special procedure for admitting patients for surgeries have been introduced. All patients waiting for elective surgeries are obliged to take part in an epidemic-related medical interview and have a swab collected, about one day before the surgical procedure. While waiting for the results of tests for COVID-19, they must be isolated until they are admitted to hospital.

The procedures for admitting to hospital emergency departments also require that every person seeking treatment is subject to examination for coronavirus (swab and medical interview). Patients with symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection are referred to entities providing Level 2 hospital services with beds for COVID-19 patients. Municipal hospitals currently provide Level 1 hospital services, and have isolation rooms for patients with suspected COVID-19 infection.

Additional equipment and personal protective equipment

From the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, Warsaw allocated over PLN 30 million  for the purchase of medical devices and equipment, out of which PLN 7.6 million was taken from the city’s crisis reserve.

This way we are protecting the medical staff working at municipal hospitals and outpatient clinics by providing equipment used for combating coronavirus.

So far, we have purchased:

  • 30 ICU beds (consisting of respirators, patient monitors, infusion pump units, beds with pressure-reducing mattresses, and medical aspirators),

  • 6 renal replacement therapy devices,

  • 10 decontamination devices (biological decontamination)

The purchased medical equipment and devices have been used in Solec, Bielański and Wolski Municipal Hospitals since July.

Moreover, we allocated funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment, including

  • over 1 million surgical masks, half-masks, protective shields and goggles,

  • over 1.6 million disposable nitrile gloves,

  • over 0.5 million medical coats,

  • 45 000 protective suits and over 260 000 safety boot & shoe covers, and head covers, and over 130 000 litres of hand and surface disinfectants.

We are purchasing coronavirus tests

Warsaw has allocated over PLN 3 million for the purchase of coronavirus tests for the staff and residents of Municipal Nursing Homes (or entities run for the City) and the Warsaw Treatment & Care Centre (Stołeczne Centrum Opiekuńczo-Lecznicze - SCOL).

Under the agreements made by the City, privately-owned laboratories have performed over 4 000 diagnostic tests for the City. The greatest number of tests were performed among the staff and residents of Nursing Homes and the staff and patients of treatment & care centres (SCOL). We have recently made another agreement for the performance of further 6 000 diagnostic tests for COVID-19.

 

30.09

The list of countries and territories, with a flight ban – starting October 13:

Argentine Republic, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of Chile, Montenegro, Republic of Ecuador,  Republic of India, Republic of Iraq, State of Israel, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Costa Rica, Lebanese Republic, State of Libya, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Maldives, Republic of Moldova, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Panama, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Peru, Republic of Cabo Verde, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, United States of Americ

 

Football stadiums partially opened from 19 June

  • fans will be able to fill the stadiums up to 25 % capacity
  • they will be seated to ensure social distancing
  • rules will be in place for disinfection, ticket purchase, and fans’ approach to the stadiums.

 

17.06

International flights to most European countries resumed

International flights to most European countries, except Sweden, and Portugal, have been resumed. Flights to these countries will be banned until July 28.

Poland opens its borders to EU Member States

On 13 June Poland re-opened its borders in full to other EU Member States. Polish nationals no longer have to stay in quarantine upon return to their homeland. This applies also to other EU citizens coming to Poland. But external EU borders remain closed.

12.06

Polish-Lithuanian border open again

On 12 June, the border between Poland and Lithuania was re-opened. People can now cross the border without having to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

Domestic flights resumed

From 1 June, domestic flights are resumed. Flights between Warsaw and Szczecin, Gdańsk, Kraków, Rzeszów, Wrocław, Poznań and Zielona Góra will usually take place twice a day. 

Distance education prolonged

Distance learning has been prolonged until the end of the school year on 26 June. Such education is to be provided on a remote or some other basis to meet the needs and abilities of students and their parents, following arrangements with education providers.

Warsaw museums to reopen:

  • 3rd June - the Warsaw Rising Museum,

  • 5th June - the Museum of Modern Art,

  • 6th June -  the History Meeting House, 

  • 16th June - the Maria Curie-Skłodowska Museum

  • 26th June - POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

THE RULES APPLICABLE FROM 6 JUNE:

From 6 June the following venues can resume their activities following specific sanitary conditions:

  • cinemas, theatres, opera and ballet venues,

  • swimming pools, gyms, fitness clubs, playrooms and amusement parks,

  • saunas, tanning booths, massage and tattoo parlours;

  • hosting trade shows, exhibitions and congresses will also be allowed,

  • hotels will be allowed to open their swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs.

WEDDING PARTIES AND OTHER FAMILY OCCASIONS

Wedding parties and other family occasions up to 150 people will be allowed.

RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE FROM 30 MAY:

  • outdoors: social distancing or face mask,

  • indoors – you are still required to cover your mouth and nose,

  • the restriction on the number of customers in commercial establishments and restaurants – shops, marketplaces, post offices, restaurants – is lifted,

  • the restriction on the number of people in churches and other places of worship, as well as during funeral services is lifted,

  • outdoor gatherings up to 150 people,

  • all hotel facilities open.

More info

 

Tourist Information Centres is open again

Both Tourist Information Centres (at the Palace of Culture and Science and Koneser at Ząbkowska Street) are open again. The employees are also available to respond to any inquiries from tourists by phone (503 033 720) or through e-mail (info@go2warsaw.pl) between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

The relevant information was placed at the displays of both Tourist Information Centres, at the www.go2warsaw.pl (link https://warsawtour.pl/) website and the city's social media profiles.

 

On 25 May the youngest children return to primary schools

1st to 3rd graders are now allowed to return to Warsaw’s schools. 

The activity programmes – in accordance with the Ministry of National Education guidelines – are specified by headmasters, depending on the situation in a given establishment. It is up to them to decide whether pupils come back to traditional schooling or should use the methods and techniques of remote learning. The City of Warsaw has developed the appropriate safety rules and purchased the necessary disposable protection kits (face masks, visors, hand disinfectants). As per the rules, one pupil must have at least 4 m2 of free space available, classes may be attended by up to 12 pupils and children who are sick or live with a person under quarantine must not enter school grounds.

More info

New rules for schools and universities

On 25 May higher education institutions are allowed to conduct:

  • classes for students of the final years of studies,
  • other classes which are not possible to conduct remotely.

This includes classes for doctoral students and classes organised in labs and medical simulation centres.

More info

Nursery admissions procedures start on 2 June

Children can be enrolled to the city’s nurseries, public day care points and non-public facilities co-financed by Warsaw from 2 to 7 June.

More info

 

Public transport

The number of people who can travel on a bus, Metro train or tram at the same time equals half of the seats available in that vehicle or 30% of all seats and standing places (but half of the seats must remain empty).

Example: If a bus has 30 seats and 70 standing places (100 in total), then 30 passengers are allowed to ride it and half of the seats must be empty.

The limitation does not apply to passenger cars.

Veturilo city bikes will be available again. Warsaw launches public two-wheeler rentals as soon as government restrictions are removed.

Hair and beauty salons

Salons will need to comply with the following rules:

  • customers must wear masks, goggles or visors (at a hair salon, and in a beauty salon – if the procedure allows it)
  • using disposable towels if possible;
  • receiving customers after  prior arrangement by phone or online. Warning! The customer is not allowed to wait for the service in a waiting room.

Restaurants, cafés & bars – also in shopping centres
Requirements and recommendations for eateries:

  • tables must be disinfected after every customer;
  • 2 m distance between tables. Important! Tabletops may be 1 m apart if the tables are additionally separated by partitions reaching at least 1 m above the tabletops.
  • maintaining 1.5 m distance from customers sitting at separate tables;
  • chefs, cooks and waiters must wear masks or gloves. Important! Guests are allowed to take off their masks when they are seated at their tables.

Hotels and other accommodation providers 

Hotel and accommodation services can be rendered, provided that special safety procedures are put in place. 

Libraries and museums 

Libraries, archives, museums, and other culture-related institutions and organisations may reopen. Institutions of culture will be opened gradually and at different times. 

2 metres – minimum distance between pedestrians

All pedestrians must keep a distance of at least 2 metres between each other. This also includes families and people in close relationships.

Exceptions:

  • parents with children who must be cared for (up to 13 years of age),
  • people with disabilities or unable to move on their own and their carers. 

Automatic quarantine for people living with a person in quarantine
Quarantine will apply to everyone who is living in the same place as a person quarantined due to:

  • returning from abroad
  • being in contact with an infected person

This includes flatmates.

Breaking the bans could result in fines from PLN 5 thousand to as much as PLN 30 thousand.

 

All existing bans remain in force, i.e.:
  • International air and railway transport is temporarily suspended.
  • Domestic air transport is suspended, railway transport operate as normal.
  • Foreigners are prohibited from entering the country. Derogations are provided, subject to obligatory quarantine.

 

Information on entering and leaving Poland

 

The temporary ban on entering Poland by foreigners does not include  (§3 (2) of the Regulation on suspension of border traffic):

- foreigners who are spouses or children of citizens of the Republic of Poland or remain under permanent care of citizens of the Republic of Poland;

- foreigners who are holders of the Pole’s Card;

- foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Poland;

- foreigners who have a Polish work permit, i.e. foreigners entitled to work on the same principles as Polish citizens, having a work permit, seasonal work permit, or certificate confirming that a foreigner was entrusted with performing work in the territory of the Republic of Poland.

In particularly justified cases (which have not been listed above), the commanding officer of a Border Guard outpost can allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland.

After crossing the border, every person will be registered and examined. They will also be directed to undergo a compulsory 14-day home quarantine.

You can leave Poland by road transport at border crossings. The restrictions apply only to entering the country. However, departure may be hindered by the suspension of international train connections and air traffic restrictions. Nevertheless, land border crossing points are still open, e.g. with Ukraine.

Information on crossing borders is available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hotline: +48 22 523 88 80

 

Compulsory quarantine upon entering Poland

 

The home quarantine lasts 14 days and must be completed at the address given in the location card upon crossing the border.

If you are unable to undergo a quarantine at home, it will be carried out in a place indicated by the relevant services.

The Ministry of Health quarantine guidelines can be found here: https://www.gov.pl/attachment/3ae1eb3d-484b-475f-bf29-17d7f717c448

 

Resident services

 

Coronavirus – important information!

We are changing the working procedures of the City of Warsaw and its subordinate institutions. Our goal is to help prevent the spreading of coronavirus and to ensure the continuity of the city's services and administration. We also would like to guarantee reliable information and care for all the city's users.

As far as the office's work procedures are concerned, we cancelled regular meetings, introduced teleworking, teleconferences, videoconferences. We also temporarily suspended certain non-obligatory tasks, directing our employees to priority tasks.

We urge the residents not to come to the office with non-pressing matters.

Remember that many official matters can be handled via electronic means, through the trusted profile (e-Puap). Electronic documents signed with a trusted profile are valid official documents. This channel can be used to submit official letters and applications to the office.

Some matters can be resolved with a simple email. From Monday on new recruitment rules for kindergartens and first forms of primary schools apply – documents can be sent via electronic means. Due to the situation, the office is introducing new procedures providing more options of obtaining information and resolving matters through the phone.

If a matter is not urgent or its deadline is instructional in nature, leave it for a later date. If you do have urgent business at the office, please book a date via the system rezerwacje.um.warszawa.pl

(link https://rezerwacje.um.warszawa.pl/)


Note! Due to challenging housing conditions (no work reorganisation options), from Monday until further notice, Civil Registar's Offices will be closed in the following districts of Warsaw: Ochota, Bielany, Białołęka, Wesoła, Wilanów and Wola. Residents wishing to settle matters at Civil Registrar's Offices (USC) may visit other district offices featuring USCs: Targówek, Praga-Południe, Wawer, Ursus, Ursynów and other USC locations: for Praga-Północ at 1 Kłopotowskiego St., for Śródmieście at 5 gen. Andersa St., for Mokotów at 10 Falęcka St.

Note! In the nearest days payments at office cash desks will not be accepted.

Detailed information on the functioning of offices will be available on the districts' websites:

Municipal Consumer Spokesman suspends personal appointments, while being available for advice under number (22) 44 33 444.

Labour office in Warsaw helps

Entrepreneurs, employers and NGOs can apply for low-interest loans and funding from the Labour Office of the City of Warsaw

During the epidemic Warsaw helps to feed students

School canteens are closed, but children from the poorest families can still receive a warm meal. The city authorities ensure: no needy student will remain hungry.