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Stricter COVID-19 rules in Poland on face masks, border crossings

Christian Fernsby |
Poles will from Saturday no longer be able to use scarves, bandanas and plastic visors instead of masks to cover their face in public as the government sharpens COVID-19 rules amid a spike in infections.

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Topics: POLAND   

Meanwhile, anyone crossing the borders with Poland’s southern neighbours, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, will have to go into quarantine unless a test carried out in the last 48 hours shows they do not have the coronavirus.

The new rules were announced by Health Minister Adam Niedzielski as the number of fresh coronavirus infections in Poland rose to 12,146 on Wednesday, a jump of almost 3,500 compared to a week ago.

Hotels, shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, museums and swimming pools there will have to shut, while young schoolchildren in the region will have to return to remote lessons.

"Until now, our moves to ease restrictions were very brave, and now we have to take the proverbial half a step back,” Niedzielski told reporters, in reference to the north-eastern province.

He added that anti-virus restrictions in the rest of the country would remain unchanged.

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