Coronavirus in Poland. Extension of restrictions and changes to the coronavirus rules

The existing covid restrictions will be extended until October 31 this year – it provides for a draft regulation of the Council of Ministers, which was sent for the signature of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The regulation contains several changes, which concern, among others, the issuance of certificates for people vaccinated against coronavirus outside Poland or the launch of railway connections with Ukraine.

The Ministry of Health informed on Tuesday o 975 new and confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. The ministry said that 29 more infected people died due to COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,904,631 infections have been confirmed in Poland, 75,601 people have died due to the coronavirus.

975 new cases are the highest daily number of confirmed cases since the May 27 report, which was the last so far, to exceed a thousand. The highest number of new cases (198) was confirmed in the Lubelskie Province.

Extension of restrictions

The draft of the amended regulation on the establishment of certain restrictions, orders and bans in connection with the outbreak of the epidemic was published on the website of the Government Legislation Center, with the information that it has already been sent for signature by the prime minister. The project envisages, inter alia, extension of the current restrictions, prohibitions and prohibitions set out in the provisions of the modified regulation until October 31, 2021.

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The regulation is to enter into force on September 30.

Coronavirus law changes

Certificate of vaccination abroad

In addition, the proposed regulation is to introduce regulations regarding the issuance of the EU digital COVID certificate to a person who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 outside Poland. “In order to issue an EU digital COVID certificate, a person who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 outside the territory of the Republic of Poland with a vaccine admitted to market in the European Union, presents to the entity carrying out preventive vaccination against COVID-19 the original certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, in accordance with the model applicable in the country of receipt of the vaccine against COVID-19, and the translation of this certificate into Polish by a sworn translator, as well as a declaration containing the consent of this person or their legal representative for the processing of personal data related to the issuance of the EU digital COVID certificate “- it was written. The draft also clarifies the provisions on the use of the EU digital COVID certificate.

The project also includes extension of the catalog of entities that are exempt from the obligation to undergo quarantine after crossing the border of the Republic of Poland, by persons implementing a legally valid court ruling or a settlement concluded before the court establishing contacts with a minor child who resides in a country other than the parent’s place of residence.

The draft also expands the catalog of situations to which the injunction to cover the mouth and nose does not apply – with examinations for applicants for the right to practice as a fire safety appraiser and tests for fire safety appraisers.

Moreover, the draft provides for an exemption from the obligation to fill in a location card for officers of the police, Border Guard and State Protection Service who perform official tasks and persons against whom activities are performed, e.g. escorted.

In addition, the proposed regulation will enable the launch of international passenger rail transport across the Polish border on the section with Ukraine, in particular the launch by Ukrainian Railways of trains on the route Kiev – Przemyśl – Kiev.

Current restrictions

Hotels and leisure facilities: increased limit to 75 percent of occupied rooms (children under the age of 12 are not included in the limit as part of organized stays),

Objects of religious worship: increased limit to 75 percent of all seats

Cinemas and theaters: limit of increased to 75 percent of occupied seats,

Sports events and concerts at sports facilities: 50 percent of seats possible,

Gyms, fitness clubs, casinos, commercial venues, post offices, libraries, fairs, conferences, exhibitions and playrooms: new limit – 1 person per 10 square meters,

Discos: up to 150 people allowed,

Amusement parks: increased cap to 75 percent occupancy,

Restaurants: increased limit to 75 percent of seats occupied.

Events and meetings organized outdoors, in the premises or in a separate gastronomic zone – no changes, maximum 150 people, assembly – up to 150 people,

Transport – 100 percent occupancy. Passengers should wear masks that cover their mouth and nose.

Fully vaccinated persons are not counted towards the applicable limits.

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