Polish Prime Minister asks citizens not to travel on Christmas
Polish shopping centers will reopen, but Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has warned against Christmas travel. He added that the government is working on rules restricting travel.
Reported by Reuters.
The government has closed entertainment venues and some stores since November 7 due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, but since then the number of cases has leveled off, allowing restrictions to be eased somewhat.
"There is one condition: discipline in every market, shopping center, furniture store. Otherwise, these stores will be closed," Morawiecki said at a press conference.
"These decisions can save hundreds of thousands of jobs, so we are taking them," he added.
Morawiecki urged poles to spend Christmas only with their closest relative and not travel, saying the government is working on restrictions to restrict movement.
"Reducing contacts is fundamental to the future development of the pandemic. We are working on legal options to restrict movement," he said. He also announced that schools will be closed until Christmas.
On Saturday, the country reported 24,213 coronavirus cases and 574 COVID-19-related deaths.
The government said that if the number of cases averaged 27-29,000 over a seven-day period, a "national quarantine" would be required with stricter isolation measures.