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New order by the Health Minister: Masks will be optional for work teams of up to 7 people

Emergency epidemic situation until April 30 and loosened measures in Bulgaria

A decision was made to extend the emergency epidemic situation in Bulgaria to April 30th. This was announced by the government press centre. What is more, the Health Minister issued three orders in connection with the current epidemiological situation.

From February 1st, visits to cinemas are allowed, as well as participation in creative, dance and music classes, using 30% of the capacity of their premises and observing physical distance. From the beginning of next month, gyms can also resume their work using up to 50% of the capacity of the premises.

Until February 28th, visits to restaurants and entertainment establishments have been suspended. Only picking up food is allowed. An exception to the ban is allowed for restaurants in accommodation establishments.

Restaurants, cafes and malls in Bulgaria will remain closed for now

From March 1st, visits to restaurants and entertainment establishments are allowed, using up to 50% of their capacity, providing a distance of 1.5 m. between the tables and protective face mask for their staff. This does not apply to discos, bar clubs, piano bars and night bars. They will remain closed for now.

From the beginning of next month, both shopping centres and malls will resume their work. However, minors can only visit them if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult.

As of January 29th (Friday) to April 30th, the requirement for those arriving in Bulgaria to submit a document for a negative result from a PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country is introduced. Bulgarian citizens and people with the status of permanent or long-term residence in the country and members of their families who do not present the document are placed under a 10-day quarantine.

Exceptions to the requirement for a negative PCR test result are allowed for drivers of buses and trucks performing international transport, crews of ships and aeroplanes, border workers and those who are just passing through the territory of Bulgaria.

From February 1st to April 30th, all citizens who are in closed public places, incl. public transport must wear a face mask. The same requirement applies to open public spaces, where crowding cannot be avoided. This means that it is no longer possible to use shields, scarfs or other means covering the nose and mouth instead of a mask. Exceptions are allowed for customers of eating and drinking establishments, for those doing sports, for children up to 6 years of age, as well as for speakers during seminars, press conferences, etc.

From February 4th, students from 5th to 12th grade are allowed in school. The following schedule must be observed:

  • from 4.02.2021 to 17.02.2021 – students from 7th, 8th and 12th grade are in school;
  • from 18.02.2021 to 2.03.2021 – students from 5th, 10th and 11th grade are in school;
  • from 4.03.2021 to 17.03.2021 – the students in 6th, 9th and 12th grade are in school.
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