Poland is set to lift the requirement to wear masks in indoor spaces and quarantine upon arrival at the start of next week, 28 March. Wearing a mask in crowded spaces and hospitals is, however, recommended. By Eshita Srinivas
Poland’s Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced earlier today that the country would lift the requirement to wear masks in indoor spaces, with the exception of healthcare facilities, by March 28. He also added, through a series of tweets, that travellers and roommates of infected people would no longer be obliged to quarantine.
A dip in cases prompted Poland to lift the mask and quarantine requirements
— Ministerstwo Zdrowia (@MZ_GOV_PL) March 24, 2022
Niedzielski stated that the move in consideration of the fact that cases of infection by COVID-19 have not risen in the country in the past few days. “I have decided to introduce two changes as of March 28 – an end to the obligation to wear masks, stipulating that it does not apply to health care facilities”, he said as per a report by Reuters. “The second decision is to abolish home isolation and home quarantine for roommates (of infected people) and all quarantines for people entering Poland,” he added.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be given sick leave and need to self-isolate at home, the minister added. Public health body Sanepid will intervene only in special cases. He further stated that the government expected hospitalisations and infections to fall dramatically by the end of April, The First News reports.
Last month, Poland lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions ABC News reports. This includes the suspension of limits on the people inside restaurants and theatres. Discos and clubs were reopened as well. Niedzielski had stated that this move was possible due to a dip in daily infections and hospitalizations as well as the fact that the country’s herd immunity was above 90 percent as a result of infections and vaccinations. However, mask-wearing in indoor spaces and isolation requirements for travellers remained in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19.