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Krakow alert:    Non-EU nationals cannot enter Poland as a precaution against coronavirus. Mass audience events cancelled. Social distancing 2 metres and indoor face covering are mandatory.  

EU nationals welcome to Poland.  
2020-06-12/ From tomorrow Saturday, June 13th the EU nationals can freely travel to Poland again though they also, like Polish citizens, are required to keep a two-metre social distance and cover faces indoors. International flights may resume on June 17th, 2020.   


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Few restrictions for Poles.  
2020-06-09/ Little has remained of lockdown for the residents of Poland presently. Nightspots stay closed. A social distance of two metres everywhere plus face covering indoors are still mandatory. Schoolchildren and students need to learn online till summer vacations. Gatherings larger than 150 people are banned. And that's practically it. On the other hand, foreign tourists cannot visit Poland and international flights, trains remain suspended.   


Lockdown in Poland nearly over.  
2020-05-21/ With eateries open and beauty salons busy, not much of mandatory lockdown remains in place in the service sector in Krakow. Some tourist attractions and some museums stay closed but it's their choice. On the other hand, public entertainment is still off limits with all theaters, music venues, nightspots, cinemas, etc. closed. Also, no spectator sport is available. At the same time social distancing and face covering stay obligatory in public spaces though not when you sit at a restaurant table, fortunately.  


Krakow opens slightly more.  
2020-05-04/ After making parks available again and permitting recreational outings somewhat earlier, now the Polish authorities allowed museums, libraries and shopping centers as well as open-air sport facilities to open to the public as long as they provide for social distancing on the premises. Shopping malls have resumed business today but museums will do it in stages. For instance the National Museum in Krakow promises to open its first branch before May 15th and the last one before June 15th. The management of the Wawel Royal Castle have already made accessible courtyards and gardens but exhibitions stay closed for the time being.


Lockdown in place in Poland from March 25, 2020.  
2020-03-24/ To stem the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the government of Poland has introduced today its version of lockdown throughout the country, in force from March 25th to April 11th. People are expected to stay at home when they don't work. They may go out to work, to help the elderly and family members, and to do essential shopping such as food, medicines, and hygiene products. Except for families, only two people may get together at a time.  


2020 Krakow Easter festivals of music cancelled.
2020-03-21/ This year the Misteria Paschalia Krakow Easter festival of classical music planned for Holy Week was cancelled given the danger of COVID-19 epidemic. The same applies to the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival and its concerts both in Warsaw and Krakow.


No Easter market this year in Krakow.
2020-03-19/ This year the Easter market in Krakow, originally planned for April 3rd through 13th, 2020 in the Rynek Glowny central square, will not take place. It has been cancelled in compliance with Poland's sweeping precautions against the spread of coronavirus.    


All-sweeping precautions against coronavirus.  
2020-03-14/ In a bid to prevent an epidemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Poland government has ordered a temporary closure of cultural venues and institutions, museums, restaurants, cinemas, coffee shops, pubs, clubs, schools, universities, shopping centers, sport and fitness facilities etc. It has also banned all gatherings of fifty people or more. Plus foreign travelers are not allowed to enter Poland for the time being with international air, train, and bus connections suspended.

To date there has been just 84 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease in the whole country and only one of them in Krakow.


Sweeping precautions against coronavirus.  
2020-03-11/ The Polish government has decided today to close all cultural venues, museums, theaters, cinemas, etc., initially till March 25th, 2020 as well as schools to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Also many tourist sites stay off limits to visitors for the time being, including Auschwitz. Seeing that in the entire Poland only 25 cases of the disease have been confirmed to date (just one of them in Krakow), come considered the measures to be an overkill, some think them adequate, some think that, under the circumstances, it's better to overreact than underperform.


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The first case of coronavirus confirmed in Krakow.  
2020-03-09/ The first and thus far the only case of COVID-19 disease has been confirmed in Krakow today, March 9th, 2020. The patient, who freshly arrived from Italy, was duly quarantined. In anticipation of possible further cases a wide range of precautions are taken including the cancellation of events with mass audiences.


No trace of coronavirus in Krakow yet.  
2020-03-07/ Thus far Krakow and the entire Malopolska region of Poland seems free of coronavirus which scares humankind right now. Not a single case of COVID-19 disease has been confirmed in the city to date. Sure, it may be only a matter of time so the authorities, institutions, the medical profession, etc. are already high on alert. 


Easter market this year in Krakow.
2020-03-06/ In 2020 the Easter market in Krakow starts in the city's central square on Friday, April 3rd and it will continue through Monday, April 13th. Expect a wide range of traditional Easter decorations plus varied foods and village handicrafts to be on sale.    


Pisanki decorations at Easter Market

Sweet Tooth Thursday.
2020-02-17/ This year the Fat Thursday feast, Tlusty Czwartek in Polish, Poland's traditional day of sugary overeating, falls on February 20th, i.e. this week. So this Thursday don't forget to buy paczki, the local incarnation of donuts, a must-eat in Krakow on that day. It marks the start of Ostatki, that is the last week of carnival in Krakow.


World Press Photo on show in Krakow now.
2020-02-12/ Exhibition „World Press Photo 2019” takes place in Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury culture centre at 232 al. Jana Pawla II from February 7th through March 1st, 2020. It's open every day 11 am to 7 pm. The show features blow-ups selected from 78,000-plus pictures entered for the 62nd edition of the venerable photojournalism contest last year. Some images on display are nasty and organizers discourage minors from visiting the exhibition. A regular admission fee is 10 zlotys (PLN).


Shanties festival in Krakow this February.
2020-02-07/ This year the 39th edition of Shanties Krakow festival of sailor songs takes place from Thursday, February 20th through Sunday, February 23rd 2020. The main festival venue is Kijow.Centrum playhouse at 34 Slowackiego avenue. An open-air free concert in Rynek Glowny central square starts at 2 pm on Saturday, February 22nd.


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Festival of the 20th-century classical music this March.
2020-02-04/ Classical music festival Szymanowski/Poland/World takes place in Krakow March 24 thru March 28, 2020. Its program consists of five concerts, one per night, filled with music by Karol Szymanowski and his contemporaries such as Maurice Ravel, Cesar Franck, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, and Camille Saint-Saens. The festival is organized by the Krakow Philharmonics.


Late January flying pains.  
2020-01-25/ Planning arrival at or departure from the Krakow Airport on January 25 or 26 or 27 or 28? The authorities warn that it may be difficult to get to the airport or leave it these days for reasons of security. As the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp falls on January 27th, 2020 the arrival of many high-ranking officials are expected and most will fly to Krakow and stay in the city overnight while travelling to Oswiecim by road on the day of commemoration. If you are an ordinary passenger, it's advisable to take it into account and give yourself extra time when planning your journey. 


Opera Rara 2020 festival in January & February.
2020-01-11/ This year's edition of Krakow festival Opera Rara starts on January 23rd to end on February 14th, 2020. Its program consists of 19 operatic (more or less) shows of 6 works, namely G. Rossini’s Sigismondo, Udo Zimmermann’s Weisse Rose, Katarzyna Glowacka's opera-performance Unknown, I Live With You, Richard Strauss’s Enoch Arden, Il ballo delle Ingrate with music by Claudio Monteverdi and Teonika Rozynek, and Antonin Dvorak’s Vanda. The organizers have managed to line up a number of top European soloists and ensembles.


Little Sunday shopping in 2020.  
2020-01-03/ This year all shops in Krakow and the rest of Poland will open on few Sundays, namely January 26, April 5, April 26, June 28, August 30, December 13, and December 20. Some pharmacies and some groceries as well as bakeries, flower shops, and all gas stations can stay open every Sunday. 


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