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During a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński presented the fourth stage of defreezing the economic and social life.

The government caught many by surprise by announcing a more far-reaching lifting of restrictions than previously assumed. The implementation of the changes has been divided into two stages - one of them will come into force as early as this Saturday, May 30th. The rest will take place a week later, on June 6.

No more masks, no more restrictions in shops and restaurants

Starting from Saturday, people in Poland will no longer have to wear masks, because the obligation to cover mouths and noses in public spaces is abolished.

- This, however, will have to be done in accordance with the rules of social distancing," emphasized Morawiecki.

However, the obligation to have mouth and nose covered will still apply in public transport and indoor public spaces such as shops, offices or shopping malls.

Shopping will be possible without any restrictions - the limits on the number of people present in the shop simultaneously will be lifted.

The same applies to cafés and restaurants - it will be possible to go to them in any company and take up selected seats at tables. Previously, this could only be done with family or housemates. It was also not possible to take the seats opposite each other. Surprisingly, you will have to wear a mask when entering a restaurant or going to the toilet.

Public gatherings and concerts for up to 150 people are allowed

The restrictions on places of worship have been lifted. Now any number of people can be accommodated there at one time.

- However, it will be necessary to keep a distance of 2 meters from other people - stressed the Prime Minister.

From 30 May, up to 150 people will be allowed to gather, provided that the distance between the participants is kept and that they cover their mouth and nose. The final decision will, however, be made by the sanitary inspectors, who may prohibit such gatherings in places where there are outbreaks of the virus.

A similar limit - 150 participants - will apply during open-air concerts, which can also be held from this Saturday.

Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, theatres and weddings are back

A week later, on Saturday, June 6, gyms can finally reopen their doors. But not only that. Contrary to previous assumptions, not only fitness clubs, but also indoor playgrounds, swimming pools and theme parks will return to work.

At the same time, cinemas, theatres, philharmonics, auditoriums in community centres and circuses will be "unfrozen". The decision on whether to open them will be up to their managers.

- In theatres, the season usually lasts until June, so they will have to decide whether they want to finish the season interrupted by the coronavirus," explained Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński, emphasizing that the opening is possible, but not compulsory.

Certain restrictions will apply to cultural institutions. One fifty percent of seats can be made available to the audience. In addition, wearing masks will be compulsory.

Also from June 6, it will be possible to organize weddings, provided that the number of participants does not exceed 150 people. Wedding guests will be able to participate in the celebrations without masks.

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