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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Introduced measures

Attended classes in schools, personal development support centers and specialized service units in the system of preschool and school education, as well as in higher education are suspended. The institutions of the system of pre-school and school education organize training of students, assessment and support for personal development, and higher schools organize training and assessment of students, postgraduates and doctoral students as far as possible from a distance in electronic environment using the means of information and communication technologies. Exceptions specified in the order of the Minister of Health are allowed. Observance of the anti-epidemic measures is obligatory during the implementation of the permitted activities. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

• All collective and individual sports events with training and competitive nature for all age groups indoors are held without an audience. When holding outdoor sports competitions, an audience of up to 1,000 people per sector is allowed, with occupancy of not more than 50%, when accommodating spectators at least in 1 seat distance and observance of a physical distance of 1.5 m is required, as well as in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

• In collective and individual sports events with training and competitive nature, indoors and outdoors, athletes under the age of 18 are allowed to be accompanied by one attendant. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

Congress-conference events, seminars, exhibitions, including events of the exhibition industry can be held when the seats are up to 50% of their total capacity, observing a physical distance of 1.5 m, as well as observing of the anti-epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

Visits to discos, piano bar, night bar, night clubs and other similar nightclubs for indoor and outdoor entertainment are allowed if the seats are occupied by no more than one person per square meter of their total capacity, subject to anti-epidemic requirements, coordinated with the branch associations. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

Cultural and entertainment events (theaters, cinemas, concerts, stage events, classes in dance, creative and musical arts, as well as entertainment by legal entities and individuals) can be organized and held when the seats are occupied up to 50% of their total capacity indoors and outdoors (including in community centers, children's complexes, cultural centers, youth centers, private sites, military clubs, etc.), in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m, as well as in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and guidelines in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

Group celebrations indoors and outdoors (including weddings, balls, baptisms, concerts and other celebrations) are organized in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m, as well as in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and instructions in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

Visits from outsiders/visits to hospitals and specialized institutions for the provision of social services and those for residential-type social services for children and adults are prohibited. (Order № RD-01-452 of 04.08.2020)

All persons when in closed public places, including public transport, medical and health establishments, pharmacies, opticians, national centers for public health, administrative institutions and other places where they are staff or citizens have access to, railway and bus stations, airports, metro stations, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums, etc., are required to have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other means covering the nose and mouth (including towel, scarf, helmet, etc.), which are used according to the recommendations in the order. Exceptions are allowed for: customers in restaurants and drinking establishments, indoor athletes during physical activity, participants in congress-conference events, briefings, press conferences and seminars during the speech (lecture, presentation, etc.) in compliance at a physical distance of 1.5 m. from the other participants, the participants (presenters and guests) in TV shows in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m. from the other participants. (Order № RD-01-446 of 31.07.2020)

All employers and appointing authorities organize anti-epidemic measures in the work premises as follows: disinfection according to the algorithm specified in the order, non-admission to the work premises of persons with acute respiratory diseases (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, olfactory loss, violation or loss of taste, etc.), instructing staff on proper hand hygiene and providing soap and water and disinfectant, setting up an organization to ensure a physical distance between persons of at least 1.5 m, providing personal protective equipment of the staff depending on the specifics of work and risk assessment at the workplace (protective mask for face, helmet, gloves, etc.) and organization of remote work of collective management bodies and employees (work from home/online) if possible depending on the specifics of the respective work activity. (Order № RD-01-446 of 31.07.2020)

A temporary prohibition has been introduced for the entry into the territory of Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air, sea, rail and road transport. The prohibition does not apply to Bulgarian citizens, citizens of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State), their families (including those who are in actual cohabitation); citizens of the Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ukraine, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Israel and the Emirate of Kuwait; persons with the status of permanent, continuous or long-term residence on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria and their family members, as well as persons who have a residence permit in a Member State of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or a Schengen country agreement (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families. There are other exceptions, which you can find in the order of the Minister of Health. Exceptions are also allowed for certain transits. (Order № RD-01-448 of 31.07.2020)

All persons who are excluded from the prohibition on entering the territory of the country described above and who arrive with a starting point of departure from Member States of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State), from the Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay The Kingdom of Jordan and Ukraine are admitted to the territory of the country without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19. (Order № RD-01-448 of 31.07.2020)

All persons who are excluded from the prohibition on entry into the country and who arrive with a starting point of departure from third countries other than those mentioned in the previous point (including the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Albania, Kosovo , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Israel and the Emirate of Kuwait) are admitted to the territory of Republic of Bulgaria upon submission of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19 performed up to 72 hours before entering the country, as of the date of the survey, entered in the document. The order also defines exceptions. (Order № RD-01-448 of 31.07.2020)

• Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, continuous or long-term residence on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria and their family members under the previous item, who do not submit a document showing a negative result from a polymerase test for the detection of COVID-19 conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country, shall be quarantined for a period of 14 days at home or other accommodation where the person has indicated that he will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspectorate or authorized by him official. (Order № RD-01-448 of 31.07.2020)

• The director of the respective regional health inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine of the persons under the previous item, upon presentation of a document showing a negative result of a polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19 conducted within 24 hours of entry into the country. (Order № RD-01-448 of 31.07.2020)

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