Updated info on coronavirus situation in Gdansk, Poland – 11th of July
Starting from the 13th of June, Poland will reopen its borders to UE citizens after almost three months. On the 16th of July international flights will be resumed – but only to EU countries. This means you’ll not be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Poland.
Wha you need to consider however is, that there are still some restrictions in Poland: not all institutions are working, you need to cover your face and nose in closed areas, including public transport. The government may reintroduce other restrictions if the situation worsens.
Is Gdansk a safe place to visit?
Gdansk is one of the safest places in Poland to visit. Compared to other regions. the number of coronavirus cases is very low.
Coronavirus in Gdansk
This is the last topic I wanted to write about, but as the situation in Europe is getting serious, I think it’s worth to keep you updated about the coronavirus situation in Poland and particularly about coronavirus in Gdansk. Sanitary officials give the daily news about it, but it’s only in Polish, so I hope this article will help you to get information about coronavirus in Poland, and what to do if you suspect that you are ill.
For quite a long time we didn’t have coronavirus in Gdansk. We didn’t even have coronavirus in Poland. First, it was a distant oriental illness somewhere in Asia. Then it moved to Europe but it was still hard to think it may influence our lives here. Now, we are in real fear, not only afraid of getting ill, but also that it may be a shock therapy for the polish economy.
What exactly is coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 ?
Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes infection of the respiratory system, currently known as COVID-19. In most cases, the infection is not dangerous, but to some patients – especially children or those who had health problems before contracting coronavirus – it might prove fatal. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan in China, and in spite of partial isolation of the city, it has spread out to other countries.
The virus is similar to SARS – but this coronavirus seems to spread out faster and to be more dangerous. On 11 of March, the coronavirus pandemic was announced by WHO.
Coronavirus in Poland
[Updated information on coronavirus in Poland 20th of May 2020]
While the coronavirus is still a concerning issue in some parts of Poland, the situation in Gdansk has got significantly better. We seem to have the situation under control here, and more and more institutions open. It is now possible to go to restaurants, libraries, museums and shopping malls. Hotels are receiving guests, and although they don’t offer all their services, it is now possible to travel in Poland. Train and bus connections are also gradually returning to their pre-coronavirus schedules. Unfortunately, there are still no flights to or from Poland, but the airlines announce to come back with some service.
Still, you need to cover your face everywhere you go, and the capacity of buses and trains is limited.
We are still waiting for another stage of relieving the economy, including the full opening of borders. It is expected to be announced in the middle of June.
[Updated information on coronavirus in Poland 1st of May 2020]
The coronavirus has frozen Polish economy, so the government plans to unfreeze it and ease some restrictions starting from the 4th of May. So what will change on that day? First, shopping malls will open. Not all stores will work (food courts will be closed) and there will be a limit on the number of people that may be inside but at last, you may buy something more than food.
Also, hotels will open again. We don’t advise you to travel, yet, but if you need to stay in Gdansk or another city in Poland, at least you will be able to find accommodation.
It will be also possible to open museums and other institutions, but it is up to their directors to decide if they open or not.
Remember, that you still need to cover your face with a mask or a scarf.
Some restrictions were removed earlier: you may now enter beaches, parks and forests.
[Updated information on coronavirus in Poland 16st of April 2020]
All the below restrictions are still imposed. And since today you need to cover your face with a mask or scarf when you go outside. On Monday some restrictions are going to be removed, but we are still waiting for confirmation.
[Updated info on coronavirus in Poland 31st of March 2020]
Today the government introduced other restrictions, that will make our lives even harder. So what are the new restrictions that will help us fight coronavirus in Poland?
- First of all, you cannot come to other people closer than 2 meters unless you are a parent taking care of your child
- If you are under 18, you can only go outside with your parents
- All parks, boulevards and beaches are closed
- All services like hairdresser, tattoo studios, wellness are closed
- Limits are set on the number of customers in stores: up to 3 customers/cash desk, and at the post office 2 customers/desk
- Stores need to provide disposable gloves on the entry for all customers
- Pharmacies and stores between 10-12 am are open only for people over 65
- All hotels are closed
Those are severe restrictions, but the government is desperate to get rid of coronavirus in Poland until the 10th of May to run the election.
[Updated info on coronavirus in Poland 27th of March 2020]
Today the parliament is debating on how to help the economy but also avoid more coronavirus cases in Poland. So far the rules have not changed, but still, we are not sure what we can and what we can’t do. We can go for a walk, but can we go jogging? It all depends on what the Police think when they meet you.
But honestly, you are advised to avoid leaving home unless you need to. Order food on delivery, go to the nearest store, stay at home. In many stores, there are limits on the number of people that may be inside at the same time. There are also anti-coronavirus liquids on the entrance. Use it.
[Updated info on coronavirus in Poland 24th of March 2020]
Ok, coronavirus in Poland is not a joke. We have now about 850 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland, and the number is rising. 9 people have died so far. Over 55 thousand people are quarantined, and the same number is supervised.
Today the government introduced new restrictions, that hopefully will help us eliminate coronavirus in Poland. The restrictions are quite severe, and if you don’t follow them you may be fined up to 5000 PLN (a bit more than 1 000 EUR).
So, starting from today until 11th of March it’s not allowed to leave home unless:
- you are commuting to work or back
- you are volunteer fighting with coronavirus in Poland,
- it is necessary for other reasons (grocery, pharmacy, walking the dog etc)
- participating in religious events (funeral, mass – but only up to 5 people may participate at the same time)
It is also forbidden to walk/drive in a group of more than 2 people unless you are family. Public transport is working, but the capacity of trams, buses and trains is limited to half of the number of seats on board.
[Updated info on coronavirus in Poland 13th of March 2020]
Breaking News: Since the night 14/15 of March:
The government introduced border controls in Poland!
Poland is closed for foreigners.
All international flights will be cancelled
Although we have still just one victim of coronavirus in Poland, the official data is getting from bad to worse. As for today, we have 64 confirmed coronavirus cases. 521 people stay in hospitals, 3151 are quarantined at home, and 17 784 are under epidemiological supervision. People are advised to stay at home, and many employers ask their employees to work from home if possible.
Today the Ministry of Health introduced Epidemic Threat in Poland. Officials are considering the closure of the border, but they haven’t decided on that yet. However, if you are able to postpone your trip to Poland, we advise you to do so.
Coronavirus in Gdansk
[Updated information on coronavirus in Gdansk – 31st of March 2020]
Starting from 1 of April we have the same new restrictions as in the whole of Poland. We have 54 cases of coronavirus in Gdansk and surroundings, and one of them is the voivodeship governor.
[Updated information on coronavirus in Gdansk – 27th of March 2020]
The city is still empty, now even more, as many Ukrainians decided to leave home until Ukraine closes its borders. In Gdansk coronavirus danger seems to be lower than in other regions. We have only 33 which is less than the country average. But we need to comply with the same rules as the rest of Poland. We also need to prepare for the same crisis – no tourist, no locals wander around the city, which means many stores, restaurants and other entities will go bankrupt. Even if until summer we get rid of coronavirus Gdansk will not be the same this year.
[Updated information on coronavirus in Gdansk – 24th of March 2020]
We have 22 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gdansk and surroundings. Nobody has died due to coronavirus.
Everything is closed.
[Updated information on coronavirus in Gdansk – 17th of March 2020]
We have 8 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gdansk and surroundings. 18 people are in hospitals and 497 are isolated for safety reasons. 2172 people are being supervised. Nobody died here.
UEFA Europa League final has been postponed.
[Updated information on coronavirus in Gdansk – 13th of March 2020]
Bars and restaurants are introducing safety measures – this sometimes mean that they only serve take away sets. Aquaparks in Reda and Sopot are closed, and so is ZOO in Gdansk Oliwa. Some products, like toilet paper and food disappears from stores, which reminds us of the communist era. And just like then – we are not at all happy with that.
Gdansk is a beautiful city, but it will stay beautiful later this year and next year as well. If you can – postpone your trip. We don’t have yet coronavirus in Gdansk, but we are aware that this might change soon.
Stats for today relating coronavirus in Gdansk: 5 people are in hospitals and 42 are isolated for safety reasons. 1 242 people are being supervised.
Cornavirus in Gdansk – where to look for help?
First of all, don’t panic! Until now, we have more problems with the flu than with coronavirus in Poland. If you came from any of the endangered countries or had contact with someone who has recently been there, and have symptoms like fever, cough breathlessness, muscle pain or fatigue – call the free informational number: 800 190 590. Then, hope for someone who speaks English to pick up the phone. They should tell you what to do. If after the call you still feel unsafe, or your health has deteriorated, you should go straight to the hospital that deals with coronavirus. Do not go to an ordinary doctor or hospital! There are two hospitals designated to deal with coronavirus in Gdansk and Gdynia:
- Pomorskie Centrum Chorób Zakaznych i Gruzlicy, Address: Gdansk, Mariana Smoluchowskiego Street 18. Do not be mistaken – this is not the modern hospital that stands out in Smoluchowskiego Street. This one is much smaller and you need to go along Smoluchowskiego Street towards Jarowa Street to get there.
- Uniwersyteckie Centrum Medycyny Morskiej i Tropikalnej, Address: Gdynia, Powstania Styczniowego Street 9B
You may find detailed information on coronavirus here