Poland not considering state of natural disaster - PM's aide

2020-10-12 13:37 update: 2020-10-17, 11:52
The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk. Photo: PAP / Marcin Obar
The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk. Photo: PAP / Marcin Obar
Poland is not currently considering introducing a state of natural disaster, one of three emergency states, although no scenario can be ruled out as the pandemic develops, PM's office Head Michal Dworczyk told TOK FM private radio on Monday.

Commenting on the appeals of opposition politicians and Ombudsman Adam Bodnar to introduce a state of natural disaster, Dworczyk said that the government did not rule out any solutions in the future.

The PM's office head went on to say that as long as the state operates on the basis of the regulations in force, the government will not introduce any of the states of emergency, because, as he said, they essentially limit civil rights.

Regarding All Saints' Day, which falls on November 1, Dworczyk said that the government was not currently considering closing cemeteries, however, it was appealing to people to spread out cemetery visits so that fewer people go at the same time.

All Saints' Day precedes All Souls' Day, which commemorates the deceased faithful. On both days, Poles visit cemeteries, sometimes traveling long distances, to light candles and place flowers on the graves. (PAP)