Covid-19


    • State of emergency lifted, restrictive measures remain in force

      State of emergency lifted, restrictive measures remain in force

      The state of emergency in Bulgaria has been lifted. From 14 May until 14 June, an emergency epidemic situation is declared in the country. The government took the decision after a videoconference meeting on 13 May. The decision was adopted on the basis of assessment of the existing epidemic risk by the Chief State Health Inspector and the identified imminent danger to the life and health of the Bulgarian citizens.

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    • State of emergency to not be extended beyond 13 May

      State of emergency to not be extended beyond 13 May

      The state of emergency in Bulgaria will not  be extended beyond 13 May, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov told a briefing on Monday. The briefing, which was given after an extraordinary sitting of the Cabinet, presented to the media details about draft changes to the Health Act and the Act on the Measures and Actions during the State of Emergency that the Government has elaborated. 

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    • Open-air sections of cafes and restaurants to reopen

      Open-air sections of cafes and restaurants to reopen

      Open-air sections of cafes and restaurants as well as swimming pools will reopen, while individual sports activities will also be allowed, the checkpoints controlling intercity travel will be removed on 6 May, and driving schools will resume their work. PM Boyko Borissov announced the easing of restrictive measures during a briefing at the Council of Ministers with the representatives of the National Operative Staff and members of the cabinet.

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    • Authorities ease certain coronavirus restrictions

      Authorities ease certain coronavirus restrictions

      The authorities lifted on Friday the ban on visits to city parks, gardens, nature parks, mountains and other nature sites. The ban was introduced in mid-March as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The requirement for wearing facemasks in open public spaces is also lifted.

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    • Sofia sealed off to contain coronavirus spread

      Sofia sealed off to contain coronavirus spread

      The Bulgarian capital Sofia was sealed off from midnight to contain the spread of the new coronavirus after the number of confirmed cases jumped in the past two days, the health minister said. At a late night briefing Health Minister Kiril Ananiev said travel to and from Sofia will be banned until further notice, and will apply to all cars and intercity buses.

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    • Wearing masks becomes mandatory

      Wearing masks becomes mandatory

      From 12 to 26 April wearing face masks in public places will be mandatory. Violators will be fined BGN 300. The order will be in force for two weeks, until 26 April. The measure was proposed to PM Boyko Borissov by Ventsislav Mutafchiyski, head of the National Crisis Response Centre.

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