Poland sets to reopen economy on a gradual scale

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Poland is loosening its coronavirus lockdown as it will reopen parks and forests on Monday before eventually revising rules on the number of customers allowed in shops, a minister has indicated.

The country has so far recorded 7,582 coronavirus cases with 286 deaths, according to figures compiled by John Hopkins University.

Poland’s prime minister is expected to announce on Thursday details of the government’s plan for easing restrictions on public life, which were launched to curb the spread of the virus.

“Final decisions will be taken today. I think that first, starting from Monday we can expect opening of forests, green areas,” State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told private radio RMF on Thursday. Poland will also revise the rules on the number of customers allowed in shops at a time, he added, but did not say when they would come into effect. Sasin also said it is too early to talk about reopening of schools.

It comes after protesters in Poland defied the coronavirus lockdown to oppose a proposal that would almost completely ban abortion.