Pole’s will be able to do their Christmas shopping starting next weekend, but recreational facilities will remain closed until further notice, announced Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, during a press conference on Saturday morning.
Schools will also continue distance learning until the Christmas break. Additionally, the winter school break will be rescheduled to the first two weeks of January 2021 for the whole country, to extend the period of isolation for the school-age population.
Despite the appeals of restaurateurs and operators of entertainment venues and fitness centres, the government has decided to uphold the current sanitary restrictions for these businesses. Restaurants will have to continue with takeout and delivery only, while fitness centres and entertainment venues shall remain closed for the time being.
“We are following the advice of our epidemiologists and we have decided to keep these places closed in the pre-holiday season, until December 27. We will let you know about the next steps before Christmas,” said Mateusz Morawiecki.
The Prime Minister admitted that it has not been easy to make the right decisions due to the unpredictable nature of the virus.
“Many of our predictions about coronavirus were wrong. We must all expect decidedly more than usual from ourselves, for the very reason that the situation is so difficult and that the coronavirus is a force of nature that cannot be fully predicted and controlled,” said Mateusz Morawiecki, while announcing the new rules.
The Prime Minister appealed for unity to help eradicate the epidemic.
“We are entering a period that we call ‘100 days of solidarity’, because it is highly probable that at the end of this period, a vaccine will be available.”
On this note, Mateusz Morawiecki asked Poles to limit their Holiday gatherings to families living in one household and avoid travelling to meet with friends and relatives in other towns and cities.
16 million doses of vaccine
The Prime Minister confirmed that last week he met with executives from AstraZeneca and Pfizer to discuss the purchase of coronavirus vaccines. “As soon as the vaccines are approved for use in the EU by the European Medicines Agency, we are going to order the highest amount of doses that we are eligible for, according to the size of our population.”
“As far as one of these vaccines is concerned, we have already ordered 16 million doses, because this was the highest amount assigned to us from the whole supply earmarked for the EU” added Mateusz Morawiecki.
The vaccines will be available to everyone, but will not be mandatory. The high-risk population will have priority access to the vaccine.