Bulgaria revises COVID-19 measures in five hours

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. [EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER]

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Bulgarian government changed the country’s COVID-19 measures for the first time in 10 days on Thursday, allowing large non-food stores to open if they limit their capacity,  but changed measures again just a mere five hours later.

Prime Minister Borissov has been accused of inconsistency from all service industries, after changing the measures once again.

The reopening of hypermarkets sparked much criticism on social media as shoppers were pushed to shop in smaller areas, defying logic when it comes to social distancing.

Earlier, restaurateurs’ associations accused the government of taking populist decisions because of the elections on 4 April.

“You’re making fools of us!”, said restaurant owners as they insisted that everything should remain either opened or closed, after their last opening stint lasted 20 days.

In late February, the PM ordered Health Minister Kostadin Angelov to allow restaurants to open on 1 March despite the apparent growth in new infections. At the time, Borissov explained that the “Bulgarian model” for dealing with the pandemic is famous all over Europe.

Bulgaria is setting new records with daily infections and the country is among the world’s leaders in COVID-related deaths per capita.

During the first pandemic wave in April of last year, similar changes were made with regards to mask-wearing measures, with some citizens failing to understand what exactly the measures were for days.

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