So you are coming out of lockdown and quarantine has been lifted for visitors to most countries in Europe. You see that flights are now available to Kraków, but you are put off booking as you are nervous about going abroad during a global pandemic. You are also very unsure about what to expect and how safe you will be. What is visiting Kraków like under pandemic conditions?
Well, for a start, it is certainly much more peaceful due to very few foreign visitors being here. This means there is an air of peace and tranquility when sauntering around the old town and Rynek Glowny. This is most definitely a bonus and makes for a very atmospheric and relaxing way to appreciate your surroundings.
Cafes, bars and restaurants are all open. Tables are spaced further apart than normal, you are expected to wear a mask as you find a place and sanitise your hands with the sanitiser that is readily available at all entrances. Waiters are all expected to wear masks also, although you can remove yours once seated at a table. If outside, most people are not wearing masks. Tables should be disinfected after each customer and menus sanitised.
On entering shops and shopping malls you must wear a mask and sanitise your hands. Although, as usual, there are the odd people ignoring this rule.
On public transport you must wear a mask and experience is showing that just about everyone is adhering to this.
The weather has been great throughout most of July with most days being mid to high 20 degrees with the odd day hitting into the low 30s.
At night, Polish people love to promenade so the streets are busy with families out walking and enjoying ice cream. After months of being isolated in lockdown and social distancing, this can initially feel very disconcerting. However, you soon relax into the general atmosphere and join in.
Nightlife is thriving. There are lots of young people out and about and weekends, especially in Kazimierz, are as busy as they were prior to lockdown. However, the favourable climate means warm evenings and the ability to be seated outside. If you do venture inside, restaurants and bars during weekdays are much quieter than normal and can be very atmospheric.
Overall, it feels safe to visit the city. Like everywhere that relies on tourism, times are hard for businesses and they are very appreciative of your visit.