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Bulgaria introduces Green COVID-19 pass – EURACTIV.com

The Bulgarian government has significantly tightened restrictive measures in an attempt to stem the fourth wave of coronavirus infection. From Thursday, the Green pass becomes compulsory for most indoor activities.

The Covid certificate will be mandatory for universities, restaurants, businesses with an area of ​​more than 300 square meters, hotels, cinemas, theaters, gymnasiums, gymnasiums and universities. Children under 12 do not need to present a certificate. Sites that do not meet the green certificate pass requirement must close immediately on Thursday.

Organized excursions and group visits to tourist sites can only take place if all participants have green certificates. Visits to hospitals are suspended.

The new measures aim to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and the pressure on hospitals. If these measures do not give results, the last option remains total containment.

The Bulgarian authorities are demanding a green pass for employees of hospitals, health establishments and retirement homes. In the capital Sofia, students will soon be relocating to learn entirely in an electronic environment.

The green pass will not only be required for public transport, administration, schools and kindergartens.

Bulgaria has suspended the holding of indoor team sports with the exception of training and athlete competitions in licensed federations. Indoor competitions will be without an audience, and outdoor spectators will only have a green pass.

The new tightening of measures was announced after nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 infections and more than 200 deaths were recorded on Tuesday. Bulgaria ranks last in the EU for the number of citizens vaccinated with only 20%.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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