Health minister urges Poles to stay home at Easter

Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski has urged Poles not to visit their families during Easter amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Poles urged to stay home during Easter, amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Poles urged to stay home during Easter, amid a coronavirus pandemic.Photo: Pixabay.com

Easter is usually when Poles travel extensively to visit their relatives, but the health ministry advised against it at a time when the number of coronavirus infections in Poland is on the rise.

Szumowski said: „I know this Easter is going to be different. For many of you it will be lonely, far from your loved ones.”

„Please hold on, stay at home, but do call your relatives, or meet them online,” he added.

Poland has declared a „state of epidemic” and temporarily closed its borders to non-residents in a move to curb the spread of the illness.

Public gatherings of more than two people have been banned. An initial two-week closure of the country’s schools has been extended until April 26.

Poland’s prime minister on Thursday said that a swathe of restrictions on daily life were being extended as the country battles the outbreak. 

The government last week announced tough new restrictions on daily life, banning children under 18 from leaving home unless supervised by an adult, closing parks and beaches, and ordering most hotels to shut. 

(tf/pk)

Source: IAR

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