Filter for Bulgaria Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-15 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Bulgaria’s government extends epidemic emergency situation until July 15
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2020-07-06 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
epidemic emergency situation extended until July 31
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2020-07-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Albena seaside resort closes night bars and clubs as anti-epidemic measure
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2020-07-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Minimum state pension in Bulgaria increases to 250 BGN as of July 1
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2020-06-30 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
ban on entry into Bulgaria does not apply to persons travelling for training purposes to carry out activities for the completion of the academic year 2019/2020, as well as for practical training and exams and for the preparation of the 2020/2021 school year, when it is impossible to implement these activities remotely.
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2020-06-30 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
The order for compulsory isolation and /or hospital treatment states that persons - confirmed cases of COVID-19, are discharged from a medical institution after assessment by the attending physician of the patient’s condition and fulfilment of one of the following conditions: documented a minimum of 10 days from the onset of clinical symptoms of COVID-19; at least three additional days without symptoms (incl. Three days withouthigh body temperature, without antipyretics and without respiratory symptoms); two negative results from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 from samples taken on two consecutive days.
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2020-06-30 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The order introducing temporary anti-epidemic measures states that during the final of the Bulgarian Cup between CSKA and Lokomotiv Plovdiv at the national stadium "Vasil Levski" up to 3000 people are allowed in the sector, with every second seat occupied, in a row and subject to a physical distance of 1.5 m between each other.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All persons when in indoors public places, including means of public transport, medical and health establishments, pharmacies, opticians, national centres for public health, administrative institutions and other places where they are served or have access to railway and bus stations, airports, underground stations, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums, etc., must have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other means covering the nose and mouth (including towel, scarf, shield ,etc.). Exceptions are allowed for customers in restaurants and drinking establishments, as well as for athletes during exercising indoors.
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2020-06-22 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Bulgaria re-introduces obligatory wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces, Health Minister orders face masks to be worn in indoor public spaces
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2020-06-18 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Bulgaria’s Minister of Health, Kiril Ananiev, issued an order to lift the requirement for 14-day quarantine for those arriving in Bulgaria from Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican. The order is in eefect as of June 18.
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2020-06-18 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Bulgaria lifts quarantine for arrivals from Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Night clubs, piano bars in Bulgaria re-open; can operate at 50% capacity; Disinfection of all surfaces must take place regularly.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Night clubs, discotheques and piano bars in Bulgaria re-open as of June 15. The order of the Health Minister says that all anti-epidemic measures should be applied and that they should operate only at 50% of their capacity. The staff is required to wear protective face masks or shields. Disinfection of all surfaces must take place regularly.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Mass events are now allowed to take place in closed places with the requirement for using 50% of the capacity of the halls, i.e. very second seat to remain empty.
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2020-06-15 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The 60/40 wage support measure will become 80/20 for the tourism and transport industry, and a new grant scheme to support the transport sector will be launched in July. This became clear at an emergency meeting on June 15 between relevant ministers, carriers and tour operators. The post-crisis recovery will be slow and difficult, with the decline in both sectors being over 70%.
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Wearing masks in public transport, pharmacies and hospitals remains compulsory
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
The staff at reopened bars is required to wear protective face masks or shields.
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
a change in the period of the quarantine for people diagnosed with COVID-19: after discharge from hospital they are required to remain in home isolation for 14 days instead of 28. all persons arriving in Bulgaria from Sweden, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, as well as from all third countries, except the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, are subject to 14-day quarantine.
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2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
As of June 15 until June 30, 2020, a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria is introduced for all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossing points, by air, sea, rail and road transport.The ban does not apply to Bulgarian nationals, nationals of EU member states, the United Kingdom, Schengen visa zone member countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State), the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, members of the families of Bulgarian citizens, as well as persons who are in actual cohabitation with a Bulgarian citizen, and foreigners with the status of permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and members of their families.
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2020-06-11 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
The village of Izgrev, Shoumen district was placed under lockdown in the evening on June 11 until June 25. The measure was introduced after 17 people from the village tested positive for coronavirus. Wearing masks in the village is mandatory in indoor and outdoor public places. All markets are closed except those that sell agricultural products. Large public gatherings, including celebrations are temporarily banned,
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2020-06-11 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
mandatory only in village of Izgrev that is under lockdown
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2020-06-10 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Bulgaria extends its temporary ban on the entry to the country of non-EU nationals. The temporary ban would not to apply to citizens of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. As to all other third (non-EU) countries, we expect a pan-European decision on June 15, but in our opinion, if the borders are opened for third countries, that will happen at the earliest from July 1
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2020-06-10 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
epidemic emergency situation is extended until the end of June
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2020-06-10 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
epidemic emergency extended until the end of June
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2020-06-10 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Bulgaria extends its temporary ban on the entry to the country of non-EU nationals.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Theatres, opera houses re-open as of May 26, indoor restaurants as of June 1
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2020-06-01 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
14-day quarantine for travel from Greece & Serbia to Bulgaria lifted from June 1
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2020-05-26 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Kindergartens in Bulgaria re-open as of May 26
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2020-05-25 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
National carrier Bulgaria Air restores Sofia – Varna flights
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2020-05-22 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Bulgaria lifts ban on entry of citizens from EU and Schengen area without the requirement for 14-day quarantine
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2020-05-20 Out Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Obligatory hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients aged over 60 years is cancelled
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2020-05-15 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
scheme for free financing of micro and small enterprises electronically was launched
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2020-05-15 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
A large-scale testing begins in Bulgaria’s second largest city of Plovdiv on May 15. the aim to test 400 households will be tested randomly in 6 regions of the city.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
obligatory isolation of the confirmed cases of Covid-19, the quarantine of the contacts of the infected, the medical monitoring etc.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
It is forbidden for persons under the age of 60 to visit supermarkets, food shops and pharmacies daily from 8:30 am to 10:30 am
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2020-05-14 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Cross-border workers are allowed to enter the country, but are required to submit a declaration that they have not had symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days and have an employment contract with an employer, or a letter from an employer.
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2020-05-14 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Bulgaria’s Parliament voted unanimously on May 14 to set up an ad hoc committee to monitor the state spending related to the measures taken to overcome the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
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2020-05-14 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools, universities and kindergartens remain closed.
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2020-05-14 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
temporary ban on the entry to Bulgaria of foreigners, introduced during the state of emergency, remains in force.
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2020-05-14 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The ban on visits to entertainment and gaming halls, discos and bars, indoor areas of restaurants and entertainment venues, and shopping malls remains in place until June 14. The exception is financial institutions, supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies in shopping malls. Public parks and gardens are now open to all. Sitting on benches remains banned. Children’s playgrounds remain closed
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2020-05-13 Out Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
state of emergency lifted, but all anti-epidemic measures remain in force; Bulgaria’s government this evening declared an emergency epidemic situation for a month, from May 14 to June 14 to replace the state of emergency over the spread of coronavirus.
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2020-05-12 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
mass testing was carried out after the town was locked down in March for two weeks because several cases of coronavirus were identified there. The presence of antibodies was identified in 115 residents.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Health minister issues order to allow re-opening of museums, galleries, cinemas; The order allows the holding of cultural events such as concerts and other entertainment on outdoor stages, but with no more than 30% of seats occupied; Employers should arrange for their staff to work from home to the greatest possible extent. It is also recommended that people aged over 60 also work from home wherever possible.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Bulgaria’s Minister of Health on May 11 issued an order that allows the practice of team sports outdoors for amateurs, without competitive nature (including football, basketball, volleyball).
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2020-05-08 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Varna airport resumes international flights
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2020-05-06 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
after the afternoon of the May 6 public holiday (St George’s Day), the checkpoints controlling the travel between the cities would be removed.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued an order allowing visits to outdoor shopping areas (gardens, terraces, etc.) of restaurants, fast food establishments, drinking establishments and coffee shops, subject to the following anti-epidemic measures: distance >2.5 meters between tables, staff required to clean/disinfect surfaces between visitors; make disinfectant available to visitors; Open-air terraces and gardens of restaurants will be allowed to re-open following inspections by regional health inspectorates and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and if all requirements for physical distancing are met, it was announced.
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
staff at cafes, restaurants, must wear masks
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The order of the Minister of Health also permits individual outdoor sports, including tennis, cycling, athletics, golf, etc., while maintaining a distance of at least 2.5 metres between the individuals; Visits to some swimming complexes and swimming pools are also allowed, without allowing the functioning of the adjacent commercial sites, subject to the following anti-epidemic measures:
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2020-05-02 Out Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Bulgaria’s coronavirus task force discontinues daily briefings
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2020-05-01 Out Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
phase out of requirement to wear masks in public places -- wearing in closed public places, such as shops, public transport, pharmacies, banks, remains compulsory
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2020-04-30 In Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
Bulgaria’s Health Minister bans export of certain medicines
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2020-04-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers on April 29 approved a portfolio guarantee programme to support the liquidity of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 state of emergency situation and epidemic. The implementation of the Programme is entrusted to the Bulgarian Development Bank.
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Retail chains with 10 or more shops in the country will be obliged to sell Bulgarian products and other foods produced in their regions.
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2020-04-27 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Parks re-open, but with restrictions on use
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2020-04-27 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
set up a public register to report the funds spent in the fight against the new coronavirus with regular updating of costs, approval criteria and sources of funding,
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Health Minister extends order on obligatory wearing of protective mask in public; remains compulsory until May 13 inclusive
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Wearing of protective face masks in indoor or outdoor public places remains compulsory until May 13 inclusive, according a new order issued today, April 24,
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2020-04-23 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Bulgaria temporary bans entry of travellers, vehicles from Turkey until April 26
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2020-04-21 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
entry/exit allowed again from Sofia
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2020-04-21 Out Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
3. Immunization of babies is allowed; 4. Women’s consultations are allowed; 5. Planned operations are allowed,
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government provides BGN 4,5 billion for economic measures
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2020-04-16 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Entry into and exit out of Sofia banned as of midnight on April 16
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
Bulgaria starts mass coronavirus testing
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2020-04-13 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government approves interest-free loans for Covid-19 impacted individuals
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2020-04-12 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Bulgaria’s health minister issues order making face masks obligatory in public; effective from 12 April, 2020 to 26 April, 2020 inclusive.
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2020-04-10 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Bulgaria’s central bank permits banks to defer loan payments
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2020-04-10 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Health Minister extends Covid-19 anti-epidemic measures until May 13
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers launches an official coronavirus website
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Bulgaria buys 30,000 Covid-19 test kits from South Korea
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2020-04-10 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Police will be present in all around 4,000 Orthodox churches across the country during church services for Palm Sunday and Easter,
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Bulgaria’s PM orders mass testing for coronavirus in Banko ski resort
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
COVID-19 Virusafe app is now available to all smartphone users
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2020-04-07 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Pensioners below poverty line will receive Easter bonuses; More than 1,200,000 pensioners in Bulgaria will receive a bonus of 40 BGN (20 euro) each for the Easter holidays...
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2020-04-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Bulgaria’s MPs on April 6 voted to forgo their salaries as of April 1 for the duration of the coronavirus state of emergency.
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
order imposing a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The entry of citizens, irrespective of their nationality, coming from Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg is temporarily prohibited at all checkpoints and by all types of transport. Exceptions will be made for Bulgarian citizens and their families
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2020-04-06 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Sofia disinfects streets, bus stops, dustbins to help combat coronavirus. the municipal authorities of Sofia have initiated disinfection of public spaces, including streets, bus stops and dust bins. The disinfection began from Lyulin residential area on April 6. For 10 days, all the streets in the area will be disinfected. The sanitation measures are taking place in the region of the National Palace of Culture, Ovtcha Kupel and Ilinden residential areas as well. As of March 13, disinfectants have been added to the water used to wash the streets, the local authorities said. Pedestrian underpasses will also be sprayed with disinfectants.
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2020-04-03 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Curfew introduced in Panagyurishte because of the coronavirus. Children will be forbidden to go outside from 8:00 pm to 6 am in the morning, and adults from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) has taken a package of measures to limit the negative effects of the upcoming crisis due to the global pandemic COVID-19
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers on April 1 decided to propose to the Parliament to extend the state of emergency to 13 May 2020.
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2020-03-31 Out Lockdown: Full lockdown
Quarantine in Bansko ski resort will be stood down
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2020-03-31 Out Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Health Minister cancels order for wearing masks until consensus is reached
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2020-03-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Bulgaria’s government proposes budget update, increase in debt ceiling
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2020-03-25 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
banned the entry of third-country (non-EU) nationals, including U.S. citizens, into the country from March 20 to April 17. This includes all third-country nationals at all border crossing points and includes aviation, maritime, rail, and road. The ban does not apply to: (1) healthcare professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals; (2) transport personnel engaged in the carriage of goods, crews of aircraft engaged in commercial air transport and other transport personnel as necessary; (3) diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties; (4) persons traveling for humanitarian reasons; (5) third-country nationals who hold a long-term residence permit in an EU Member State and those transiting Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. The Bulgarian government has also banned entry of persons arriving from the following EU Member States and Schengen countries: Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. These restrictions do not apply to Bulgarian citizens and their family members, or persons with permanent or long term residence permits and members of their families.
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2020-03-21 In Movement restrictions: Border checks 
checkpoints on routes into and out of major cities in Bulgaria
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2020-03-20 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Visits to parks, public gardens, sports grounds and playgrounds and outdoor and indoor facilities are discontinued. Pet owners will be able to take out their pets for a walk, but it is forbidden to gather in groups. The authorities of the Ministry of Interior will organize checkpoints at the entry and exit roads of the major cities and will check the purpose of the citizens’ travel. Persons will be allowed to travel in the event of urgency due to a proven need for work, health reasons, return to their current or permanent address or home. This will be verified with a note from the employer, medical documents or ID document. It is forbidden for persons under the age of 60 to visit supermarkets, food shops and pharmacies daily from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.
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2020-03-19 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Central Bank launches package of measures in response to Covid-19 pandemic
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2020-03-18 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
organization was created between all institutions involved in this process to coordinate action
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
opening of temporary units for border health control at the check points at Gueshevo, Vidin, Vrashka Chuka, Makaza – Nimfea and Ilinden-Eksohi.
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2020-03-18 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Bulgaria temporary bans the entry on its territory of citizens from high risk countries with coronavirus outbreaks, including China, Iran, Bangladesh, india, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Italy, Korea, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The ban is in place as of 00:00 on March 18. Exceptions will be made for people who have permanent or long term residence permits and members of their families.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
The European Union is introducing a 30-day ban on incoming travel for foreigners to the territory of the Member States in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. EU citizens who are ill should not be returned to borders and should be given access to health care. Member States may refuse entry of third-country nationals without residence permit for the EU if they consider that they pose a threat to public health.States must respect the principle of free movement of all goods and to guarantee the supply of basic products such as medicines, medical equipment and food products. They are expected to provide priority green lanes for transportation of goods.
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2020-03-17 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Bulgaria’s Bansko ski resort under strict lock down for 14 days; entry into and exit from the town is prohibited; all residents who are not in Bansko can return to their homes by 8 pm on March 18.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
the movement of all international trains through the border crossings on the territory of Bulgaria will be stopped *The cancellation of the movement of trains traveling between Sofia and Istanbul has been in force since 11.03.2020.
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2020-03-14 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
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2020-03-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
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2020-03-14 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Italy and China nationals
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2020-03-13 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Visiting patients in hospitals will not be allowed.
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2020-03-13 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools, universities and other educational establishments and organizations will cancel classes. Distance learning will replace regular classes where possible. Kindergartens and nurseries will be closed, as well as all forms of group work with children. (initially not included in school closures)
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2020-03-13 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
because of the declared state of emergency in the country, a team is established with the Prosecutor’s office, which will be led by the Chief Prosecutor and will ensure compliance with the imposed rules and measures. The Prosecutor’s office will require from the health ministry, the foreign affairs ministry and the ministry of interior to present reports on the up-to-date situation in the country on a daily basis.
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2020-03-13 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
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2020-03-13 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
School closures for one week starting Monday. Kindergartens, however, continue to operate. Closing of public places - galleries, cinemas, halls, all kinds of clubs (for children, pensioners, entertainment). Expanding the activities of social patronage with the possibility of delivering medicines and foodstuffs to the homes of elderly people. Closing of all periodic and temporary markets (Dolni Bogrov, Malashevtsi, etc.). Maximize the opportunities for remote work. Provision and organization of an awareness campaign and additional disinfection in Roma neighbourhoods. Extension of enhanced measures for disinfection of all spaces and institutions. Suspension of night public transport.It is planned that the evening and drinking establishments will be closed for two weeks, but the restaurants and fast food establishments will continue to work. NON COMPLIANCE: Offenders will face "sanctions"
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2020-03-13 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
3 years of imprisonment and a fine from 1,000 to 10,000 BGN for anyone who violates ordinances, rules and regulations or measures against the spread of infectious disease and quarantine. Should such an act be committed during an epidemic, pandemic or declared state of emergency is related to deaths from disease, the draft amendments provides for 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 to 50,000 BGN.
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2020-03-12 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov convenes extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers with the coronavirus task force members.
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2020-03-11 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
The classes in schools and kindergartens should not be interrupted even in the areas with coronavirus cases, but strict disinfection and measures should be appllied. Students will be instructed daily about personal hygiene. Children and teachers with flu-like symptoms will not be admitted. If a coronavirus case is detected in an educational establishment, it will be closed. Student excursions are prohibited.
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2020-01-31 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
receive testing kits
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2020-01-03 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
People who have travelled from Italy or China quarantined for 14 days
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