Poland closes forests to the public

Poland's State Forests agency has banned public entry into forestland in connection with the coronavirus epidemic, the Polish Environment Ministry announced on Friday.

“In relation to the state of epidemic, the National Forests have introduced a temporary entry ban to forests from April 3 to 11, National Parks will remain closed,” Poland’s Environment Ministry announced in a press release on Friday.

The ministry also explained that the ban was introduced because many people had been gathering in green areas managed by the National Forests. “Unfortunately, recent days have shown that despite requests and appeals, many people are still using this time of isolation to organise picnics and social meetings on lands managed by the National Forests,” the press release reads.

The ban will be enforced by the Forest and National Park services.