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COVID-19: the restrictions are gone. The authorities have decided to scrap almost all COVID restrictions in Krakow and the entire Poland from March 28th, 2022. Practically the only precautions still in place apply to medical services, namely facial masking and distancing are still mandatory at hospitals, health clinics, etc. The normalization has resulted from the falling numbers of new cases rather than the change of attitude towards the pandemic.


Krakow deals with an influx of Ukrainian refugees. Krakow needs to cope with a massive influx of the Ukrainian refugees in the wake of the Russian invasion. Frantic efforts of the Polish authorities as well as NGO's and thousands of families and individuals have made it possible to provide the exiles with shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and education for children. The Ukrainian refugees have been also granted several special privileges, such as free public transport and free car parking in the streets, if they apply for them provided they arrived to Poland after February 24th, 2022.  

Veit Stoss Altar

Stoss’ masterpiece shines like new after renovation. Veit Stoss’ grand altarpiece in Krakow's St. Mary church, the world’s best medieval sculpture has undergone a thorough conservation. The 42-foot-high and 36-foot-wide structure, which consists of 200 marvelous limewood sculptures, was dismantled, its parts transferred to the restoration workshop, cleaned, examined, documented, restored to the original state, conserved, and reassembled, The renovation works took five years and cost an equivalent of over four million euro.

Krakow Philharmonics Regain Their Home. As the building of the Krakow philharmonic society, Filharmonia Krakowska, at 1 Zwierzyniecka street undergoes modernization its office operations and the ticket box has been temporarily moved to Herbewo building at 64 Aleja Slowackiego avenue till the end of 2019 (maybe somewhat longer). The concerts take place at the following venues: Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury culture centre at 232 al. Jana Pawla II, ZPSM Mieczyslawa Karlowicza at Centrum E (both in Nowa Huta district), Krakow National Museum’s Gmach Glowny main building at 3 Maja street and Adama Mickiewicza avenue, Zydowskie Muzeum Galicja at 18 Dajwor street, and Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego (Polish Aviation Museum) at 39 Jana Pawla II avenue while some events happen in the city’s historic churches. 


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