Covering mouth, nose acceptable only with protective mask: Health Min

The obligation to cover the mouth and nose specifically with a mask will be effective as of February 27, the Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced on Wednesday. Thus, the use of scarves, bandanas and face shields for that purpose will not be accepted.

“The best methods of reducing the infection risk are face masks, maintaining a safe distance to other pedestrians and washing hands. We should also remember to ensure proper air circulation in rooms”, said Mr Niedzielski.

“Other substitutes such as scarves and face shields were proven to be ineffective”, he added.

The government also decided to introduce additional restrictions due to the increased percentage of COVID-19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Warmińsko-Mazurskie province. There, students from grades 1-3 will go back to remote learning, while hotels, shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, swimming pools and tennis courts will also be closed.

Due to the difficult epidemic situation in Poland’s southern neighbours, from Saturday, a quarantine will be introduced after arrival from the Czech Republic and Slovakia - excluding people vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine.