Poland to check compliance with viral rules and regulations in stores during its peak

Poland’s health minister said police health authorities would start checks in shops this week to see if people are following regulations to keep their mouths and noses covered after the country hit daily cases record.

“This week we are starting inspections in shops…(to see) whether clients are wearing masks, whether the staff are wearing masks,” Lukasz Szumowski told Polish public radio.

On Saturday (1 August), Poland reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row with 658, the Health Ministry said.

More than 200 cases were reported in the Silesia mining region in southern Poland, which has been grappling with an outbreak among miners. The ministry also reported five new deaths.

Poland has reported a total of 46,346 coronavirus cases and 1,721 deaths during the pandemic. The prime minister this week did not rule out tightening some restrictions if the situation worsens.

Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Saturday that curbs may be imposed on weddings, which have become a source of many infections in recent weeks.

“We are thinking whether to launch, in the regions with the highest number of infections, restrictions saying that fewer people could attend weddings or whether to register weddings so that they could be better controlled,” Szumowski told private radio RMF24.

Currently, Poland allows 150 guests at a wedding.

Sanitary services said that the resurgence of COVID-19 among coal miners is a result of loosening restrictions and the working conditions in coal mines, in which it is difficult to enforce social distancing.

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