WASAW, Poland (AP) – Poland will lift most COVID-19 restrictions, including restrictions on people inside restaurants and theaters from March 1, but will continue with mandatory indoor face masks and isolation rules, the government said Wednesday.
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said the lifting of most of the restrictions was possible because the number of new daily infections and hospitalizations dropped markedly and herd immunity was over 90% due to both vaccinations and infections.
Discos and clubs can reopen on Tuesday, and the 50% capacity limit on the number of people in public transport and in shopping malls, restaurants, theaters and sports venues will also be lifted. State and regional administrative workers can return to work in the office.
Niedzielski said it would still be necessary to wear masks in indoor public places and that those infected still need to be isolated for seven days to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. In the coming weeks, the government will decide whether to abolish the mandatory use of masks.
Poland reported nearly 20,500 new infections and 360 COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday. On top of the recent rise in infections in mid-January, nearly 60,000 new daily infections in this nation of 38 million were reported. Over 22 million people have been fully immunized with vaccines.