Wearing face masks in pubic mandatory until 13 May

Wearing face masks or protective face covers like scarfs in public is now mandatory until 13 May included, following a new order issued Thursday by the Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev. The requirement concerns both indoor and outdoor public spaces.

The new order was necessitated by the increasingly alarming trend in the spread of the novel coronavirus on the territory of Bulgaria and the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health said.

“Putting on a protective mask when visiting public places reduces the epidemiological risk of contamination with the new coronavirus, both for the mask wearer and for others,” it stressed.

“It should be borne in mind that in many cases the disease is asymptomatic, which means that one person may be infected and may not know.”

The initial order had required the wearing of protective masks or face coverings in public places until 26 April. 

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