Bulgaria to reopen restaurants and cafes ‘at full capacity’ on June 1


Restaurants, bars and cafes will reopen in Bulgaria at full capacity on Monday as the Balkan country further eased restrictions imposed in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued a new order on Tuesday night, allowing bars and restaurants in tourism-dependent Bulgaria to go fully back to business ahead of the summer season.

Ananiev also allowed the resumption of cultural and entertainment events, including theaters, concerts and stage performances. Dance classes could also resume, using up to 30 percent of their indoor capacity and up to 50 percent of the outdoor capacity. Discos, piano bars and night bars must stay closed.

As of Wednesday, Bulgaria has 2,460 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 133 deaths, Reuters said. Restaurants, bars and cafes in the Black Sea state of 6.5 million people resumed operations in their outdoor sections on May 5. Social distancing is still required in public places.