Warsaw in the red zone

UPDATE 07/11/2020

Further governmental restrictions announced, will apply from November 7.

  • Organising meetings and events is prohibited and may be held online only. Public gatherings attended by maximum 5 people are allowed. 
  • Hotels closed until 29/11 with the exclusion of business trips
  • Cultural venues (cinemas, theatres, museums and art galleries) closed until 29/11
  • Shopping malls – closed till 29.11 (except grocery shops,, supermarkets, construction, pharmacies, cosmetics, press, services)
  • Shops – 1person/10m2(less than 100m2) / 1person/15m2 (more than 100m2) till 29/11
  • Primary schools – remote learning till 29/11

Moreover, the restrictions introduced on October 17 and 24 still apply

UPDATE 24/10/2020

As of October 24, new safety rules have been introduced and the whole of Poland is subject to restrictions applicable to red zones.

Social life and meetings:

  • 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.
  • The omission in the legal regulations prohibiting the organization of online meetings has been eventually corrected. According to current regulations “fairs, conferences, exhibitions and congresses may be held online only
  • Restricted mobility for 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.

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.

Food establishments:

  • Restaurants, pubs and cafés are closed; only take-away orders are permitted
  • It is allowed to run restaurants in hotels, but only for hotel guests staying at least one night. Meals are served only to the table and in a sanitary regime

Sport:

  • Sports events are held without spectators.
  • The activities of fitness clubs, swimming pools and water parks are suspended; with the exception of the facilities operating in hotels, which can provide such services only to guests who stay for at least one night.

Moreover, the restrictions introduced on 17 October still apply.

As of October 17, the capital will be in the red zone. This means further restrictions and changes concerning public transport, schools, commercial establishments and the organization of meetings, conferences and sports events.

On Thursday, October 15, the government announced new safety rules and extended the list of districts and cities in the red zone – including Warsaw and other major cities.

The following safety rules will apply in the red zone:

  • obligation of covering your face in public places, outdoors and indoors
  • organization of conferences, events, meetings and fares is prohibited until further notice
  • sport events closed to spectators
  • cultural events – limit of 25% occupied seats
  • public gatherings – up to 10 participants
  • wedding parties and other family occasions – prohibited (starting from 19/10)
  • max. 1 person per 7 sqm during religious ceremonies
  • maximum of 30% of the total capacity of passengers or 50% of the occupied seats allowed in public transport
  • remote learning at universities, middle and high schools
  • every second table taken, limited opening hours (6 am. – 9 pm.) in restaurants, bars and cafes
  • max. 5 people per one cash register in shops and malls
  • gyms, swimming pools and water parks closed until further notice