The Bulgarian government has drastically tightened restrictive measures in an attempt to stem the fourth wave of coronavirus infection. From Thursday, the Green pass becomes mandatory for most indoor activities.
The Covid certificate will be mandatory for universities, restaurants, shops with an area of over 300 square metres, hotels, cinemas, theatres, gyms, gyms and universities. Children under 12 do not have to present certificates. Sites that do not meet the requirement for a pass with a green certificate must close immediately on Thursday.
Organised excursions and group visits to tourist sites will be able to take place only if all participants have green certificates. Visits to hospitals are suspended.
The new measures aim to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and the pressure on hospitals. If these measures don’t give results, the last option remains a full lockdown.
The Bulgarian authorities require a green pass for employees in hospitals, health facilities and nursing homes. In the capital Sofia, students will soon move to learn entirely in an electronic environment.
The Green pass will not be required only for public transport, administration, schools and kindergartens.
Bulgaria has suspended the holding of indoor collective sports with the exception of training and competitions of athletes to licensed federations. Indoor competitions will be without an audience, and outdoor spectators will have only a Green pass.
The new tightening of measures was announced after nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 infections and more than 200 deaths were registered on Tuesday. Bulgaria ranks last in the EU in the number of vaccinated citizens with only 20%.
(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)