The loosening of the measures from April 1st was announced by the Minister of Health at a briefing this morning. He also said that the lockdown will not be extended.
From April 1st theaters will operate with up to 30 percent capacity. Restaurants will be allowed to open their outdoor spaces only – if they have gardens or a similar adapted outdoor area. Gyms will also open from April 1st. Their capacity must be limited to 30%. Dance halls will be allowed to work as well. For now, it is not planned to allow the holding of indoor events until the end of April. Malls and big stores will remain closed. The same goes for nightclubs and similar establishments.
The Minister of Health announced that students will return to school from April 12th on a schedule. It will be developed together with the Minister of Education. Children will return to kindergartens and nurseries from April 5th. For universities, the current form remains until April 12th, and then, depending on the situation, it will be considered to return some of the students to class.
The order of the Minister of Health to loosen the measures is expected by the end of the day. The Minister said that the measures will be tightened when the morbidity goes up again.
The newly diagnosed with COVID-19 in Bulgaria in the last 24 hours are 4,497 people. The distribution by districts is as follows: Blagoevgrad – 228; Burgas – 107; Varna – 264; Veliko Tarnovo – 129; Vidin – 27; Vratsa – 116; Gabrovo – 69; Dobrich – 106; Kardzhali – 64; Kyustendil – 88; Lovech – 74; Montana – 49; Pazardzhik – 90; Pernik – 83; Pleven – 153; Plovdiv – 391; Razgrad – 29; Ruse – 201; Silistra – 106; Sliven – 98; Smolyan – 85; Sofia region – 151; Sofia city – 1183; Stara Zagora – 191; Targovishte – 45; Haskovo – 141; Shumen – 160; Yambol – 69.
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our country are currently a total of 333,250. Of these, 67,864 are active. 252,473 people have already been cured with 3,112 of them registered in the last 24 hours. There are 9,679 patients with coronavirus in hospitals. 752 of them are in intensive care. At the moment, a total of 445,547 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered in Bulgaria, 9,006 of which – in the past 24 hours. There are 12,913 deaths in which coronavirus was diagnosed. 203 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.