Suspended schools and kindergartens
From September 1, students return to school
The 2020/21 school year will start for students in a traditional form, but still in a sanitary regime. It is possible to introduce blended learning or e-learning, depending on the epidemic situation.
On September 1, students return to school. The government and Chief Sanitary Inspectorate are preparing sanitary guidelines and legal solutions in the event of an outbreak.
The rules of hygiene will be strictly observed in schools: frequent hand washing, protection when sneezing and coughing, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth, obligatory covering of mouth and nose by third parties coming to the school or institution, regular cleaning of the rooms. Students in class will not be required to wear face masks. If possible, it is recommended to keep a distance between people while staying at school.
In the event of a threat of infection, the head of school, with the consent of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and the governing body, may decide to introduce e-learning in a specific class or whole school.
Kindergartens and nurseries open from 18 May
The City has developed the necessary procedures and instructions to ensure the maximum safety of children, parents and personnel. Warsaw purchased nearly 3 million pairs of gloves, over 330 thousand face masks, almost 22 thousand visors and over 3.5 thousand aprons for employees of nurseries and kindergartens. Before the nurseries and kindergartens were allowed to open, all nearby areas, including playgrounds, were disinfected using ozone and parents were presented with the currently applicable safety regulations.
Preschool services during summer vacation
Warsaw’s preschools and pre-elementary schools (zerówki) change the way the will be operating during the summer vacation. This year, they will not be accepting children from other schools.
In July and August, children will be able to go to their regular preschools or preschool departments at a local school for six weeks. For safety reasons, schools will not be providing care to any children who normally go to other preschools or schools. Schools will be closed for two and a half weeks so that their staff can take their holiday leave.
New dates for primary and secondary school final exams
The primary school final exams (for eight-graders) will take place from 16 to 18 July. Those who could not take the exams then, will be able to take them from 7 to 9 July. Exam results will be published by 31 July. This is also when schools receive certificates.
The written part of the secondary school final exam (Matura) for all secondary school graduates will start on 8 June and will end on 29 June. There will be no oral exams this year.
Those who could not take the exam during that time, will be able to do so between 8 and 14 July. The results for both periods will be published by 11 August. Resit exams will take place on 8 September, and their results will be published by 30 September.
Exams confirming professional qualifications (Formuła 2012 and Formuła 2017) will take place between 22 June and 9 July. And vocational exams (Formuła 2019) are to take place between 17 and 28 August.
The call of the Chief Sanitary Inspector
The Chief Sanitary Inspector calls to ensure that the time of suspending the educational activities is not used as a pretext for intensifying social contacts. It is time to make wise health choices.
We are all responsible for our health and the health of our closest relatives. We must behave responsibly.
Information for parents, care allowance (link https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/informacje-dla-rodzicow)
Culture and sport
Online Chopin Concerts until the end of August
The 61st season of Chopin Concerts has been extended until the end of August and will be continued in the current Internet formula.
Recitals online and in Łazienki Park
Chopin concerts on the Internet take place every Sunday at 12.00. The broadcast is available on Facebook, as well as on YouTube and the koncerty-chopinowskie.pl i estrada.com.pl websites. Although the recitals are presented online, they can also be heard from speakers located in the main places of the Łazienki Park - every Sunday at 12.00.
Calendar of upcoming concerts:
July 19 - Karolina Nadolska
July 26 - Rafał Łuszczewski
August 2 - Tomasz Ritter
August 9 - Adam Kałduński
August 16 - Adam Goździewski and Olga Pasiecznik
August 23 - Julia Łozowska
August 30 - Paweł Kowalski
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.
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,
pitches, playgrounds, open air gyms and leisure facilities
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,
outdoor gatherings up to 150 people.
WEDDING PARTIES AND OTHER FAMILY OCCASIONS
Wedding parties and other family occasions up to 150 people will be allowed.
Warsaw museums to reopen:
- 3rd June - the Warsaw Rising Museum
- Visitors will be able to use a special audio guide available via a mobile phone app. Only family or individual visits will be possible. Some parts of the exhibition will remain closed - you are welcome to view them on the Museum’s website.
- 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
Please follow the announcements posted on the institutions’ websites and social media profiles, where you will find detailed information about new rules for visitors and new opening hours.
Note! Visitors should cover their mouths and noses in exhibition halls.
The Warsaw ZOO is open again
Everyone can visit the ZOO between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the weekend. However, the number of visitors is limited to 3000 at a time and social distancing rules apply.
The park area and outdoor eateries are open. You can use the entrances at Ratuszowa St. and opposite the Gdański Bridge. You are encouraged to buy tickets by cashless payment, online using our website or mPay mobile app or at ticket stations next to the entrance gates. The ticket prices are reduced until 31 May according to the winter tariff.
The viewing terrace on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science has been reopened
You can reach the 30th floor every day between noon and 8 p.m. Visitors waiting for the lift should stand 2 metres apart from each other. The lifts operate without lift attendants. The Palace of Culture and Science provides access to hand disinfectant and protective masks can be purchased with viewing terrace tickets.
Stay at home with culture
Warsaw cultural institutions have responded fast to the restrictions in the access to events due to the spread of coronavirus. Numerous institutions now provide online access to selected projects, facilitating seamless cultural experience for Warsaw residents, without the need for them to leave their homes.
Go to www.kulturalna.warszawa.pl and Facebook (link https://www.facebook.com/Go2Warsaw/), where information on the Warsaw virtual world of culture is updated on an ongoing basis.
Refund or replacement of tickets
Since all events that were to be held at Warsaw cultural institutions have been cancelled, residents are encouraged to rebook their tickets to other dates or events. You can also return your tickets at each institution. Detailed information on the procedure for rebooking your tickets or refunding ticket costs can be found on the websites of relevant cultural institutions.
Ban on drinking alcohol along the Vistula Boulevards
On 19 March 2020, during the session of the Warsaw City Council the Councillors decided to adopt a temporary ban on drinking alcohol along the Vistula Boulevards and on the Poniatówka Beach due to the epidemic risk.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.