Restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen in Bulgaria on June 1

  27 May 2020    Read: 551
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Bulgaria will allow restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen at full capacity on Monday, further easing restrictions imposed in mid-March to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Guardian reported.

The health minister, Kiril Ananiev, issued a new order on Tuesday night allowing bars and restaurants in the tourism-dependent country to go fully back to business ahead of the summer season, Reuters reports.

Ananiev also allowed the resumption of cultural and entertainment events, including theatres, concerts and stage performances. Dance classes could also resume, using up to 30% of their indoor capacity and up to 50% of the outdoor capacity.

According to the order, however, discos, piano bars and night bars must stay closed as the country remains under a declared epidemic situation because of Covid-19 until 14 June. Ananiev had already given the green light for restaurants, bars and cafes in the Black Sea state to resume operations in their outdoor sections on 5 May.

Bulgaria has 2,460 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 133 deaths, a relatively low number in Europe. The country still requires social distancing in public places.

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