Poland will drop almost all its remaining pandemic precautions and restrictions next week, together with an indoor mask mandate, a authorities minister mentioned Thursday.
Starting Monday, individuals in Poland will not need to put on masks in most indoor public areas, The Associated Press reported, citing Poland’s well being minister, Adam Niedzielski. Masks will nonetheless be required in medical amenities for each employees and sufferers.
Other measures being scrapped embody quarantine necessities for some vacationers arriving in Poland and residence isolation for individuals residing in households the place somebody has examined constructive and is isolating at residence.
Poland had a much less extreme winter surge than many other European Union members, and new case studies have fallen to a comparatively low each day common of 24 per 100,000 people, one-eighth of the speed in Germany. But Poland’s vaccination charge is among the many lowest within the European Union, with 59 percent of the population absolutely vaccinated.
At the identical time, Poland’s location in Eastern Europe has thrust it to the center of the international fallout from the invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces. Poland has taken in additional than 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees, and Poland’s NATO allies, together with the United States, have deployed army forces there to help its defenses.