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Poland prolongs state of epidemic threat

On March 28, Poland lifted the obligation to wear face masks in public places except in medical facilities and pharmacies.
Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

Poland has extended the state of Covid-19 epidemic threat by a month, until September 30, reads a draft government ordinance published on Monday.

The draft, which was sent to the prime minister for signature on Monday, will come into effect on August 31.

Poland replaced the state of epidemic, introduced on March 20, 2020, with a state of epidemic threat on May 16.

The state of epidemic threat involves fewer restrictions as well as milder counter-epidemic measures compared to the state of epidemic.

On March 28, Poland lifted the obligation to wear face masks in public places except in medical facilities and pharmacies. Self-isolation and quarantine requirements were also abolished.

The obligatory use of face masks in public was first introduced in Poland on April 16, 2020.


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