State of emergency lifted, restrictive measures remain in force

From 14 May until 14 June an emergency epidemic situation is declared on the territory of Bulgaria

Kiril Ananiev

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.

If over a span of one week the number of newly infected and diseased cases surges significantly, the reverse measures will be taken, Health Minister Kiril Ananiev said at a briefing.

The emergency epidemic situation will be in force until 14 June and this is sufficient time for seeing how the disease develops in Bulgaria. There is no need for adopting an emergency situation with no fixed period of time, because by setting a time limit the government will be able to make analyses periodically. Within one month the government may decide whether to extend or lift these measures. Everything that is currently allowed to function will continue to function, the minister added. “We have grouped all the orders into four types arranged according to their theme. They will take effect as of tomorrow. The state of emergency enforced until 13 May has been lifted, but all anti-epidemic measures are still in force,” Kiril Ananiev specified.

Wearing protective face masks in indoor public places and the public transport as well as social distancing remain mandatory. Walking in city parks is allowed but sitting on benches is still prohibited. Transplant operations are already allowed too. It is yet to be discussed whether kindergartens and nurseries will resume their work and when.

The mandatory 14-day quarantine for all who arrive in Bulgaria from abroad remains in effect.

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