Welcome to Gazeta Wyborcza's weekly newsletter on Polish politics. This week, the largest wave of restriction-lifting measures to date came into force. In a clear sign that the government wants the economic and social life to get to the "new normal", restaurants, cafés, barber shops and beauty salons were allowed to re-open.
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While the sanitary rules applying to restaurants, bars and cafés do not allow people living in different households to share a table in an effort to maintain the necessary level of social distancing, in practice they are impossible to police and rely on voluntary enforcement. A quick stroll around the main streets of Warsaw, Poznań or Wrocław is enough to notice a number of people meeting each other in front of cafés and entering together, turning the strict sanitary regulations into a dead letter. 

Meanwhile, according to a research team formed at the Wrocław University of Technology, Poland is still not out of the woods in terms of epidemiological risk . While the rate of growth of new infections was greatly reduced by the restriction measures, the number of new weekly infections remains stable and therefore it is equally susceptible to changes in two directions. According to the scientists, the government was too quick in lifting the restrictions, which in a way became the victim of their own success. With fewer legal tools enforcing social distancing, maintaining it becomes a shared responsibility of all of us. 

Bieszczady  Fot. Patryk Ogorzałek / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

With many people still spending the vast majority of their time at home, our flats become the focal points of our lives, as well as an even more prominent part of our budget. While we are saving time and money on the daily commute, our utility bills are taking a hit. Our economic editors prepared a helpful guide on how to limit our energy , water and gas consumption as we work and study from our apartments. Another way of cutting your costs of living is to try renegotiating the lease with your landlord. With the number of empty flats on the rise, our editors believe this is the right time to do so .

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 invite you to read an interview with one of the most preeminent Polish psychiatrists and therapists, professor Bogdan De Barbaro . We touch upon another challenge associated with spending virtually all of our time at hope - keeping our romantic relationships strong and viable while spending much more time with each other than ever before, under the condition of uncertainty and strong anxiety. 

We also cover how Coronavirus interacts with pressing societal issues such as feminism and the gender balance. Our interview with Shana Penn , the Director of Taube Philanthropies and the author of the book “Solidarity’s Secret. The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland” places the current pandemic in the wider context of women’s struggle for equality within the Polish society.

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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