Bulgaria extends measures against spread of COVID-19 till April 12 and suspends Parliament

Parliament will hold sittings only in case of emergency

Bulgaria extends measures against spread of COVID-19 till April 12 and suspends Parliament

Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued a new order, extending the measures for containing the coronavirus spread until April 12. All the measures will remain the same as outlined in the previous order, except for one addition.

Walks in parks are only allowed if walking a pet. Sports grounds and playgrounds are closed, along with other spaces for sports and entertainment.

Checkpoints at the entrance of regional centers will continue to restrict unnecessary travel under police guard. People may only travel for work, for health reasons or if returning to a place of residency. People may also travel to a different town if they need to care for a family member or loved one, including getting them medicine and groceries. The traveler must provide a note from the employer or a work identification document (in cases of traveling for work), a medical document (in case of travel for health reasons), an ID card, and a signed declaration for the reason for travel.

People younger than 60 cannot shop in grocery stores and pharmacies between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. These times will be reserved only for people 60 and over.

The only change concerns offices offering payment services in large trade centers, which now may open. Apart from those and grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, insurance desks and banks, all other stores and facilities in the malls are closed.

The coronavirus crisis response team has also requested that everybody, arriving from abroad be put under mandatory two-week quarantine, regardless of the country of origin.

Currently quarantine measures are only applied if a person has traveled to or through a country from an expanding list of countries, which to date include China, Iran, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Italy, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Meanwhile Parliament voted with 115 in for and 65 against to suspend all sessions. MPs will only hold sittings in case of emergency. Other business will be conducted in written form.

The largest parliamentary opposition, the Bulgarian Socialist Party voted against the motion. BSP expressed the view that the proposal is unconstitutional and only serves the government’s desire to sway the country towards a dictatorship, govern with decrees and hold press conferences.


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