Poland opened its borders to Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Saturday, as the coronavirus pandemic in the country slows.

It is the first time in nearly three months that all borders with its European Union neighbors are open. The border restrictions were lifted from midnight local time (2200 UTC).

Poland had already relaxed controls to the border with Lithuania on Friday.

The country’s government-along with other EU nations -halted entry to the country in mid-March in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The decision hit commuters who regularly cross the Polish-German border particularly hard. An exception was agreed for them later.

The reopening follows a European Commission proposal to have all EU borders within the bloc unhindered by June 15.

Poland’s controls at the borders with Ukraine, Belarus and the Russian exclave Kaliningrad remain in place, while requirements from these countries have been relaxed.


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