The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was a blow to the Polish and global economies. It was also undoubtedly a difficult test, not only for the government but also for the public. Over a year ago, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki imposed several restrictions on civil liberties, starting a lockdown that left its mark on the functioning of the Polish economy. The restrictions on social and economic life, in varying degrees of severity, are still in place today.
Poland was not the only country that decided to shut down its economy – other European countries also decided to take a similar step – but it was in Poland that restrictions were among the most restrictive. Interestingly, they were introduced when the daily number of infections was very low compared to many other countries.