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State of emergency in Bulgaria due to the coronavirus


At the proposal of the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly adopted a decision declaring a state of emergency in Bulgaria because of COVID-19. The measures will be in force until April 13th 2020.

The country borders are due to be closed, schools and universities are canceling the classes in their buildings, night clubs, bars and discos are closing, attendance at mass events is restricted, there will be sanctions for non-compliance with the quarantine.

Due to the complicated epidemic situation related to the spread of the coronavirus, entertainment and gaming halls, discos, bars, shopping venues and centers, as well as catering establishments are closed off until the end of March, with an exception being made for grocery stores, pharmacies and drug stores, according to, citing an order from the Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev.

  • Classes and all extracurricular activities in schools, universities and other educational institutions and organizations are discontinued. Where possible, distance learning is introduced;
  • Children's visits to nurseries and kindergartens are suspended.
  • All kinds of mass events are being discontinued, including sports, cultural and scientific (cinema, theaters, concerts, museums, conferences, symposiums, sports and SPA centers, fitness halls etc).

The order recommends that all employers, depending on the specifics and capabilities of the respective work activity, introduce a remote form of work for their employees. The hospitals discontinue pediatric and women's consultations, preventive examinations and immunizations, the admission and carrying out of planned operations, including the transplantation of organs from living and cadaveric donors, as well as the visiting hours to all medical establishments.

The duration and scope of the measures can be changed, depending on the development of the epidemic situation in the country.

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