Coronavirus scenes: Gdansk in times of pandemic

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, aka coronavirus, in Poland and in quite a lot of countries in the World, several measures have been imposed to contain and stop the spread of the virus.

In these series of images I will try to show my experience amid this situation in the city of Gdansk, through my lens, pointing out several scenes which have been turned upside down from what we are used to see. Places such as supermarket, corner stores, parks, avenues, roads, etc. do not look the same since this period started. My goal is to expose them as they are seen right now, scenes out of our comfort zone when looking at them, Places where the mundane has popped up in an uncanny way that we did not foresee.

What this English artist and sculptor said may apply:

“Something that I often do is try and give those places and spaces that have never really had a place in the world some sort of authority, and some sort of voice.”

Rachel Whiteread

TIMELINE OF COVID-19 in POLAND & GDANSK

  • Tuesday, 10th March

    The Polish Prime Minister announced the cancellation of all outdoor events of over 1000 people, and all indoor events of 500+ people.

  • Wednesday, 11th March

    Closure of all cultural venues and institutions, including museums, cinemas, and shutting down schools too.

  • Friday, 13th March

    State of Epidemic Threat‘ declared in Poland and since Midnight on March 14/15, Polish borders are closed to people entering Poland, with some exceptions.

  • Saturday, 14th March

    First two cases of coronavirus are confirmed in Gdansk.

  • Tuesday, 24th March

    The Polish Government have introduced new restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, with fines up to 5.000 złotys.

  • Tuesday, 31 March

    The government announced new restrictions that took effect 1 April and will remain until further notice. The fines for not following these restrictions range from 5000 to 30000 zł.

  • Thrusday, 9th April

    An extension to restrictions is announced, including a ban on under-18s leaving the house unaccompanied and a requirement for pedestrians, even if they are from the same household, to remain at least 2 metres apart in public.

  • Thrusday, 16th April

    Face covering in public made compulsory.

  • Monday, 20th April

    New measures to “unfreeze” the economy: raise the number of people allowed in shops and churches, forests and parks (excluding playgrounds) will also reopen and people will be allowed to participate in outdoor recreational activities again.

  • Monday, 4th May

    Opening of shopping malls with restrictions, hotels, some reinstating inpatient medical rehabilitation treatments and limitations in opening of museums, art galleries, and libraries

  • Wednesday, 6th May

    Opening of nurseries and kindergartens on a case-by-case basis

  • Monday, 18th May

    Restaurants, cafes and bars can open; beauty and hair studios can operate; increase the passengers limits in public transport; border control extended until 12th June

  • Monday, 25th May

    Schools will partially reopen and consultations with teachers for students who are passing the final primary and high school exams. Classes for students of last years at the universities will restart

  • Monday, 1st June

    Consultations with teachers of all subjects/grades

Overall, Poland is (because it’s not over yet) in pandemic lockdown.

Even though the ease of measures, citizens are recommended to stay-at-home and go out out only when necessary: to work, buy groceries or see a doctor. Also, all other restrictions, including social distancing and wearing masks in public, remain in place, as well as the risk of large fines for ignoring restrictions on movement and gatherings. 

Most important and essential action: cover mouth and nose in all publish spaces.

So far 502​​​​​​​ cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in the voivodeship of Pomerania, and 28 death. Current cases in Poland can be checked on the official website of the Polish Government or you can follow global cases by the John Hopkins University. The pick of epidemic was expected to be on April 27th, according to modelling by the University of Washington. 

Some other websites that might help are, InYourPocket, TriCityNews, PolandToday, WroclawUncut, Wyborcza.pl, NotesfromPoland and Gdansk.pl.

These are some of the images generated as a result of the lockdown:

A boy riding a bike near the city center of Sopot amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Sopot, Poland May 9th 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A shop closed in the neighborhood of Wrzeszcz, Gdansk, Poland, during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A man walks with his dog in Park Millenium, Gdansk, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 19, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
“If you can, stay at home. Smile :)”, says a display screen near the seafront promenade in Gdansk, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland, 9th May 2020 / Andrea Ariet
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Neptunes’ sculpture wearing a face mask in Neptunes Fountain, Długi Targ street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 17, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A placard with the words in Polish “Dziękujemy Medykom” meaning “We would like to thank you doctors” is seen in Gdansk during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
One of the biggest intersections in the district of Zaspa during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A close swing in Zaspa neighbourhood amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 19, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A woman riding a bike and wearing a face mask during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
People queue outside a butcher shop during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Two people wearing a face mask pass in front of Neptune’s Fountain amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 17, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
An empty street in the district of Wrzeszcz during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
“Zostac w domu” meaning “Stay-at-home” on an empty tram stop during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
People standing in line outside a shop near Politecknika train stop during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A couple carrying a baby stroller in front of Manhattan Shopping center during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A view of the empty roads of Aleja Jana Pawla II street during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
An empty soccer field in Zaspa neighbourhood amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 19, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Two boys playing basketball and wearing a facial mask at the “Nad Strzyżą” park during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A woman wearing a facial mask at the Strzyżą neighbourhood during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Two people crossing in front of a shut pizzeria during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Railways at the Zaspa station during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Two woman talking from their balconies in Zaspa neighbourhood amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 19, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Shops at Zaspa Shopping Center shut down during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A man wearing a face mask on a bus stop at Wrzeszcz neighbourhood during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Empty streets in Gdansk Old Town amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 17, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
People queue outside a Lidl supermarket during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
A face mask hanging on a branch of a tree in Zaspa neighbourhood amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 19, 2020. / Andrea Ariet
Empty roads in Aleja Grundwaldzka, Wrzeszcz district, during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Gdansk, Poland April 6 – 13, 2020. / Andrea Ariet

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