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As the number of infections is falling in most parts of Poland, the epidemic is raging in Silesia, with upwards of 200 new cases each day. Nonetheless, on Wednesday the government announced another round of restriction-lifting measures . From May 18, barber shops and beauty salons, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes will be allowed to reopen. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised that they will have to „operate under a new, strict sanitary regime”.

- I know that the last weeks have been difficult. They had a negative impact on our life and work. There are great concerns about the ability of businesses to stay afloat. We try to support them. The first sunny days in May did not contribute to maintaining the sanitary regime," said Morawiecki. - The return to a new normality depends on how disciplined we are. We know that the virus is unpredictable, it is dangerous. We are dealing with it in Silesia, especially in mines. We will help the region any way we can, and our support will flow there more and more. All medical and uniformed services are involved in this - he added. 

Duży spadek zatrudnienia w przedsiębiorstwach. Średnia krajowa w dół
Duży spadek zatrudnienia w przedsiębiorstwach. Średnia krajowa w dół  Fot. Tymon Markowski / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

In addition to the re-opening of everyday services that many have missed over the last months - the number of people trying to make a hairdressing appointment all over Poland gives many barber shops a headache - the government also announced its current plans regarding the relaunching of on-site schooling. 

From May 25th, schools will organize on-site childcare for grades 1-3 as well as consultations for eighth graders and high school seniors. From June 1 - on-site consultations for all students will be available . This raises a number of concerns among school principals and local authorities. The government’s decision has been announced mere 8 work days before the supposed reopening of schools for the youngest pupils. Meanwhile, the plan to relaunch kindergartens, which are allowed to operate for two weeks now, proved that ensuring the compliance with the necessary sanitary regime poses numerous logistical and financial problems.

Our mission is to keep you up to date with all major stories related to the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak as well as the day-to-day experiences of Poles and expats during the pandemic.This week, we covered a newly-issued report on hate speech, violence and discrimination against minorities during the epidemic. It provides for a very painful read, with racist incidents being markedly on the rise, especially against people of Asian origin .  

In addition to publishing news and stories, we are also covering how the expat community in Poland is coping with both the virus and the country-wide lockdown by giving voice to your testimonials If you are interested in sharing your story, please send as an e-mail at: listy@wyborcza.pl .

Thank you for being with us. There is no freedom without solidarity.

Miłosz Wiatrowski,

Newsletter’s Editor

PhD candidate in Contemporary European History, Yale University 



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We need to show solidarity, or else no one will stand in protest when the authoritarian power comes after you, after me, after us. We need to stand with those who are beaten, not those who beat them.

Authoritarian states flourish not when bad people do bad things but when good people allow them.

Today we are asking fellow Poles and our friends abroad to join the movement of people of solidarity. Your position gives you the right to speak out loud when others are being hurt. We do not have an army to defend ourselves, but we have words that can help those who are being harassed. Your voice is valuable because it can open the eyes of those who still prefer to turn their heads and remain silent. Now is the time to call things by their names. Let us speak the truth about the situation of free Poles in their own country. Let us remember that there is no freedom without solidarity.

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