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Coronavirus in Gdansk

by Maciek

Updated info on coronavirus situation in Gdansk, Poland – 8th of December

Like in the whole Europe, we now have a second wave of coronavirus. In its worst moments, in Poland we had about 30 thousand coronavirus cased daily. Now it is much better, but still it’s about 10 thousand cases per day. The whole Poland has restrictions according to the red zone. This means all the hotels are closed, all the restaurants are closed, too. You need to cover your mouth and nose everywhere except at home.

All the events, including New Year’s Eve celebration organized by Gdansk authority are cancelled. Ski slopes are working, but as all the hotels should be closed, there is no place to stay overnight. These restrictions will apply at least until the 27th of December.

In pomorskie district we now have about 500 coronavirus cases daily. In Tricity it is about 200 cases.

Updated info on coronavirus situation in Gdansk, Poland – 1st of October

Unfortunately, the coronavirus spreads in Poland more and more rapidly, and the situation in Gdansk is deteriorating, too. We now have about 2000 coronavirus cases in Poland every day. This is the result of children going back to school and somehow relaxed attitude of Polish citizens towards coronavirus. The bad news is that pomorskie province is leading the charts.

Starting on Saturday, Tricity will be into two coronavirus zones: Gdansk and Gdynia will be in the yellow zone, while Sopot in the red zone. What does this mean for you?

In the red zone, you need to cover your face everywhere in the public zone. Some events will need to be cancelled, and some (ie sports events) will take place without public. Bars and restaurants will be closed after 10 pm, and public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.

It’s a bit easier in the yellow zone, as you only need to cover your face in public buildings and public transport. But this is supposed to change soon. Public transport capacity is limited, and some institutions also reduce theirs.

Still you don’t need to prove that you are in good health by undergoing coronavirus test.

Updated info on coronavirus situation in Gdansk, Poland – 29th of June

As the summer came people in Poland seem to have forgotten about the coronavirus. Only a few restrictions are still imposed, but even those are not always adhered to. So what restrictions related to coronavirus still work in Gdansk? First of all, there is no quarantine any more, although arrivals from some countries may still be forbidden. You still need to cover your face when you are shopping or using public transport. Most institutions, including museums, swimming pools are working, but some limits might be set on the number of people inside. Discos and clubs are closed and don’t try to use alternatives. Disco on Party Boat resulted in over 20 coronavirus cases. If you plan to go to the beach or to the St. Dominic’s Fair, remember to keep the social distance (which was recently lowered to 1,5m).

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Gdansk is still quite a safe place in terms of coronavirus (out of over 40 thousand cases of coronavirus in Poland, only about 900 were from Pomorskie District). This, however, may change, as Gdansk is one of the top summer destinations in Poland.

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.

Coronavirus in Poland is not that dangerous so far
Coronavirus in Poland for a long time was not so dangerous

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Coronavirus in Gdansk - empty city centre
Coronavirus in Gdansk – empty city centre

[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.

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[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?

Coronavirus symptoms
Coronavirus symptoms (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html)

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

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Regina March 10, 2020 - 7:37 pm

I am scheduled to go to Gdans in April , thus all may change but thank you fir all information

Kelly Corrigan March 11, 2020 - 3:40 pm

Is everywhere shut down now as of today 11th of March 2020?
I am due to go to Gdansk on Monday.

admin March 11, 2020 - 6:29 pm

Not everywhere, but yes, a lot of places are closed since today. I’ll update the article soon,

Bobo March 11, 2020 - 7:42 pm

What about bars and nightclubs in Gdansk? Are they still open? Could you recommend Gdansk for a bachelor party this weekend? Everything is booked, but we are not sure to come to Gdansk on friday due to the news of today, that everything is closed for the next two weeks..

admin March 11, 2020 - 7:47 pm

There was no official demand for the bars, nightclubs and restaurants to be closed. So that depends on their owners. I don’t think they are going to close unless the situation gets worse.

Tina March 12, 2020 - 9:21 am

Going to gdansk on 20th March. Not sure if we should travel

admin March 12, 2020 - 9:40 am

Everything changes here every hour, but to be honest it does not change for the better. I’m not saying it will be dangerous to come here, but it might be a waste of time as places will be closed.

Oliver March 12, 2020 - 10:06 am

Hello, coming to Gdasnk for the weekend. US and UK citizens. Are we at risk of getting stranded?

admin March 12, 2020 - 10:21 am

As for now – no. But this changes everyday unfortunately.

Nathalia March 12, 2020 - 6:39 pm

So sad… I was going to Gdańsk for the first time with my husband today for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We had to cancel our trip and we lost all the money invested. Unfortunately all museums are closed, restaurants and many other things we wanted to do there. There’s nothing we can do about it other than just stay home and safe for now.

Shekinah March 12, 2020 - 10:52 pm

Thank you soo much for all this information. We’re planning to go to Gdansk on 27th of March and hopefully things won’t get worst. I’m just wondering if I’m traveling from sweden and we have more cases here than in Gdansk, do you think we might get quarantined when we arrive or how does that works? Thank you!

admin March 13, 2020 - 12:34 am

Unless you have symptoms and admit that you have been to Italy or China or any endangered country, they will just check your temperature and let you into Poland.
That’s how it works now.
I really really really hope that it’s going to get better.

T March 13, 2020 - 4:06 pm

Gdansk is pretty dead! Anyone fancy going for a drink! Me and my girlfriend are here and it’s like a scene from 28 days later….. Weird thing to ask but hey ho

Elsa March 16, 2020 - 9:39 am

We came to Gdansk last Friday were due to fly home to UK today but all flights have been cancelled. Booked a bus from Gdansk bus station to London for Wednesday any other suggestions on how to get back please

admin March 16, 2020 - 3:33 pm

I can’t think of any. I don’t know how the bus is going to enter Germany and other countries on its way, and if they require quarantine.
I can see that even BlaBlaCar is not showing any rides to Germany.
Maybe the best way is to go towards Germany by bus/train and try to cross the border by some local means of transport.
That will take some time, though.

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