As of Monday, more serious measures are needed against the coronavirus epidemic in Bulgaria. This was announced at a briefing of the National Operational Headquarters by the Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov. The measures will remain in force for 10 days and will be implemented due to the increase in the number of newly infected and the record number of hospitalized across the country.
From Monday all restaurants, gyms, gambling halls and casinos are to be closed. Restaurants in hotels may remain open but they will have to serve their clients in their hotel rooms. Other restaurants may only deliver food.
Visits to all retail outlets offering non-food items with a retail area of over 300 square meters are suspended. Exceptions are allowed for food shops, supermarket and hypermarket stores. Mall-type shopping centres are also closing, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurers, payment service providers and other communication service providers.
In all markets and bazaars, an organisation must be created for one-way traffic and providing a distance of at least 1.5 meters between visitors. Workers and visitors are required to wear a protective face mask covering the nose and mouth.
The holding of congress and conference events, seminars, competitions, team buildings, exhibitions, etc. is suspended. The carrying out of group tourist trips, excursions with organized transport and group visits to tourist sites is suspended. All collective and individual sports events with training and competitive nature are to be held without an audience.
All cultural and entertainment events are suspended. Cinemas, museums and galleries will be closed. Stage events, concerts, creative, dance and music classes will be cancelled. It is not allowed to organize and hold gatherings and celebrations of a private nature with more than 15 people. It is forbidden to hold organized mass public events in the open-air like celebrations, fairs, festivals, etc.
All kindergartens, schools, high schools and universities are to be closed and switch to online learning.
The Minister of Health will issue an order with the measures announced at the briefing by the end of the day.