Poland to reopen restaurants and hairdressers on May 18

WARSAW Poland It will reopen restaurants and hairdressers next Monday as it eases restrictions related to the coronavirus, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

Poland , the largest economy of the European Union Eastern members began to relax some of their restrictions on public life in April. In early May it allowed the reopening of hotels, shopping malls and kindergartens.

"At least to some extent we have contained the epidemic, therefore we can gradually unfreeze the economy," Morawiecki told a news conference, a day after Poland saw its largest rise in cases in a single day.

Minister Lukasz Szumowski told reporters that the coronavirus reproduction rate had fallen below 1 in Poland , meaning that statistically speaking one infected person led to fewer than one new infections in other people.

Morawiecki also said that the schools would partially reopen to provide daycare for children in the first three years of primary school.

The biggest relaxation of the restrictions came amid a dispute between the government and the opposition over how and when to hold elections originally scheduled for May 10.

Late on Tuesday, Poland 's lower house of parliament voted in favour of legislation allowing for a mixture of postal voting and traditional voting at polling stations.

On Wednesday Morawiecki said he expected the elections to be held in June.

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