Poland Tightens Health Guidelines amidst COVID-19 Spike
By: The Quinnipiac University Economics Research Team, Michael Szwaja
The majority of the world has attempted to acclimate themselves to the disruptions associated with this ongoing pandemic. This has become a persistent challenge for Poland. As the month of October approached, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, declared that secondary schools and universities will transition to remote learning for most of the country.
The prime minister's declaration was made public during a televised press conference this after Poland reported a daily record of 8,099 confirmed coronavirus cases. The spike in cases was the most in a single day since March. This initiated stricter guidelines set by the Prime Minister that included restrictions a limit of five customers per store, ten individuals per social group, and the indefinite closures of gyms. Furthermore, Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski pledged that the country would enforce a "zero tolerance" approach, which will consist of severe punitive action towards citizens that disregard social distancing and sanitary guidelines.
In conjunction with the Health Minister, the efforts of Poland's prime minister are an attempt to subdue the recent spike in cases, which has contributed to an estimated total of 150,000 cases thus so far. The downside of lockdown measures is their potential negative impact on the economy. Small businesses may be adversely from an expected decline in consumer activity due to recently imposed guidelines and growing fears of the coronavirus. Also, working families will have to adjust their professional lives with their children now learning from home.
Photo: Health Minister Adam Niedzielski. Retrieved by: PAP/Rafał Guz