Bulgaria to shut everything down for 10 days

Prof. Kostadin Angelov

The number of Covid-19 cases in the country has been rising for the past two or three weeks. This has prompted us to take nation-wide mitigation action, with the restrictive measures set to come into force on Monday and stay in place for 10 days, Health Minister Prof. Kostadin Angelov announced today during a regularly scheduled briefing of the National Operative Staff.

Under the new measures, all dining establishments, including cafes, restaurants and bars, will be closed. Customers will still have the option of ordering takeout deliveries for their home or office.

Visiting business sites larger than 300 sq m (3230 sq ft) will be prohibited, with the exception of food establishments. Malls will also be closed to visitors as will be gambling spots, cinemas and theatres. No staging of shows will be allowed. Neither will weddings, christenings and other public gatherings of more than 15 people.

Travelling and visiting tourist sites are also being banned. Outdoor markets will have to make arrangements for a one-way flow of customer movement.

Learning institutions are to close down, exams are to be put on hold. Institutions of higher learning are to suspend in-person education. Kindergartens, daycares and party venues for kids are to remain closed for the duration of the new measures.

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