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Numerous Small Businesses in Poland Have Reopened in a Mass Civil Disobedience Campaign

A map has been launched by anti-lockdown activists showing the growing number of businesses in Poland that are reopening in violation of the government’s restrictions.

While a number of struggling businesses have taken to open defiance of rules – and some have successfully challenged them in court – others have also sought creative workarounds, including an ice rink that declared itself a flower shop and nightclubs posing as political party headquarters.

According to the current restrictions, hotels, restaurants and bars, shopping centres, as well as most sporting facilities and cultural venues have been ordered to stay closed until at least the end of this month.

Many struggling business owners have, however, begun protesting against the lockdown. Some argue that the rules are not only unjustly strict, but are also an illegal encroachment on constitutional freedoms because the government has not introduced a state of emergency that would justify them.

Their position has been bolstered by a court ruling in Opole, which found in favour of a hairdresser who had been fined 10,000 zloty (€2,200) for breaching the spring lockdown by cutting a customer’s hair.

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