Trade to reopen from Feb 1, too early for other sectors: Dep PM

The Ministry of Development has stipulated the reopening of trade, including shopping malls, from February 1. Deputy PM, Minister of Development Jarosław Gowin said on Friday it was, however, too early to reopen other sectors.

"Our proposition [as the Ministry of Development] is to restore the full availability of trade from February 1, or, simply put, the reopening of shopping malls. Making such a commitment today, as far as other sectors are concerned, would definitely be premature," said Mr Gowin.

Government officials announced that the information regarding post-January 31 restrictions would be released next week.

The Deputy PM felt that the easing-up of restrictions should be carried out in two-weeks-long intervals as such was the course of action undertaken in other European states. “I am a proponent of gradual unfreezing of the sanitary regime,” he said, adding that “I feel that there’s no ground for holding shopping mall closed post-January 31. Such is the recommendation of the Development… Ministry, albeit I will not make declarations with this regard today.”

Mr Gowin also stressed that in terms of opening gyms and swimming pools, limiting such “unnecessary social contacts” was crucial at the moment. He stressed that “it is not about some particularly large risk of infection at a fitness club or a swimming pool. It is about us focusing on those forms of activity that minimise the risk of proliferation.”

Deputy PM Gowin also reported that, according to estimates from his ministry, the decline in GDP in 2020 amounted to between 3 percent and 3.5 percent.