Bulgaria's government decided to introduce tougher nationwide restrictions as of September 7, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease, local media reported on Thursday.
"The low percentage of vaccinated people requires us to impose new measures against the spread of the virus. We are registering an increase in the number of infected and hospitalised people, including in intensive care units, as well as in mortality rate," caretaker health minister Stoytcho Katsarov said in a video file published on the website of local television bTV.
According to the new restrictions, which will remain in force until October 30, visits to restaurants, bars, and casinos will be allowed only in the period 7:00 am-10:00 pm. Gyms will be allowed to work at 30% capacity, while cinemas and theaters will operate at 50% capacity. All mass gatherings such as music and other festivals will be banned.
As of Thursday, there are a total of 457,487 registered coronavirus cases in Bulgaria, of which 32,192 still active. Some 3,800 people infected with the virus are hospitalised. By September 2, Bulgaria has administered over 2.3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, according to data published by the health ministry.