Ministry of Health: 18 districts under restriction as of Friday

As of Friday, 18 districts will be covered by restrictions - yellow and red zones, which will be one less than before - said Janusz Cieszynski, Deputy Minister of Health on Thursday.

Mr. Cieszynski noted during the press conference that 95% of all districts in Poland are in the "green" zone. He also explained that the division of zones into "green", "yellow" and "red" is to adjust security measures to the situation in a given district.

From Friday the red zone will include the following districts and towns with district rights: Nowy Sącz, Rybnicki, Wodzisławski, Ruda Śląska, Ostrzeszowski, Wieluński, Rybnik and Jastrzębie Zdrój, which - as noted by Cieszynski - have, up until this point been in the yellow zone.

The “yellow” zone,, will include the districts of Pszczyna -which was in the red zone - Cieszyn, Wieruszów and Żory. Moreover, some districts which have so far been "green", such as Raciborski, Limanowski, Nowotarski, Grajewski and Biała Podlaska are to also join the “yellow” zone. Their increased level of coronavirus infection was influenced mainly by weddings.

Thus, the following districts were removed from the two lists: Nowosądecki, Jarosławski, Przemyśl, Kępiński, Oświęcimski, and Pińczowski.

In the "red" districts there is an obligation to wear masks or visors everywhere in public space. Weddings and other family events can take place in groups of up to 50 people. In restaurants, people are required to cover their mouths and noses, while a maximum of one person per four sqm is allowed. Churches and places of religious worship have limits of maximum one person per four sq. m. The districts in the red zone are permitted to use 25% of seats in cinemas, while amusement parks have been closed. Fairs and conferences will not be held. Gyms, clubs and fitness centres are also under limitation of one person per 10 sq. m. Sports events may take place, but without spectators.

In "yellow" counties, the wearing of masks or visors in public spaces is not obligatory. However, a social distance of 1.5 metres is to be kept. Weddings and other family events of up to 100 people can be held. In restaurants one should cover mouth and nose, and there is a maximum of one person per four square meters. In cinemas there is also a limit of 25% occupied seats. In the yellow zone, when organising fairs and congresses, there is a limit of one person per four square meters. Entertainment parks and amusement parks can accommodate one person per 5 sq. m. Limits in gyms and fitness centres are one person per 7 sqm. Sports events can take place with 25% of the audience.