Champagne corks burst at midnight on Friday, when bars and restaurants in Poland opened their outdoor terraces for the first time in more than six months, and many Poles came out to celebrate.
Bars and restaurants can now offer outdoor service, and indoor service will open on May 28 with disabilities. Since October, only food to go can be served in them.
In addition, since Saturday, Poles are no longer required to wear masks on the street in places where they can observe social distancing.
“We were closed for so long, over 200 days, and it was very stressful and exhausting for various reasons, we didn’t know if we could survive at all,” said 34-year-old Zuzia Mokkallo, co-owner of Bar Studio. , located in the iconic building of the capital – the Palace of Culture and Science.
“I really feel that emotions are a little comparable to the New Year, when everyone is really looking forward to the end of the old year and the new discovery … We are very happy and a little excited, a little nervous, but very emotional. “
The number of new coronavirus cases in Poland dropped sharply in April and the government began to loosen restrictions this month.
A clock counting down to midnight is set in the Koszyki shopping center in the center of Warsaw, home to one of the city’s most popular bars. According to the PR-manager of the center, Pavel Slupsky, the mood was “very similar to New Year’s Eve.”
“Life is just returning to normal,” said Anja Petrzak, 37-year-old stylist and costume designer who was one of Bar Studio’s early clients, describing how she lacked the freedom to go out and have a drink or just smoke. without fear of being fined for not wearing a mask.
Poland had 3,288 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday, up from a high of 35,251 on April 1, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. About 35.7% of Polish adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 13.6% are fully vaccinated.
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