"Measures are absolutely necessary for the health system to withstand the growing pressure," the chairman said at an emergency briefing.
"We have decided to extend the anti-epidemic measures and the epidemic situation by 2 months, from December 1 to January 31," said Prof. Dr. Kostadin Angelov.
The temporary anti-epidemic measures come into force on the evening of November 27 (Friday) and will be valid until December 21, 2020.
"That is, Friday is a day when students will go to school and shops will be opened so that there is no misunderstanding. The order will start from then on," explained Minister Angelov.
Here are the measures until December 21:
All schools are in absentia, kindergartens and nurseries are being closed.
All congresses, seminars, team building are suspended
Group cultural and entertainment events are suspended, with the exception of theaters, where spectators will be allowed up to 30% of the capacity and they must be wearing masks.
Private celebrations with more than 15 people are not allowed
Without individual and collective sports for persons up to 18 years of age. Competitions for those over the age of 18 will be held without an audience.
Fitness centers, gambling halls, casinos will not work
The work of the restaurants and entertainment establishments is suspended, deliveries or taking of food are allowed
The work of the malls and shopping centers is suspended, with the exception of banks, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, service providers located in the malls. Small shops continue to operate under current conditions.
Organized tourist trips and excursions are stopped.
Temples, parks and gardens remain open, no evening hours will be imposed.
Mutafchiiski said when to wait
The measures will work at the end of the second week of their start, and at the end of the third - a reduction in mortality.
This was stated at an extraordinary briefing today at the Council of Ministers by the Chief of the Military Medical Academy (MMA) and Chairman of the National Operational Staff, Major General Prof. Ventsislav Mutafchiiski at the briefing at the Council of Ministers.
Official: Emergency measures until December 21
"We do not claim that the state will be completely closed and that we will limit the contacts to 100%, but this will give a result and it will not be a magic wand, but will come at the end of the second week as morbidity levels and at the end of the third week. there is also a reduction in mortality, "he said.
"In this way, we will be able to enable our compatriots to welcome the upcoming bright Christmas holidays more calmly and with more liberated souls. Second, reduced morbidity rates will slow the pace of the pandemic and enable more healthy people to welcome the vaccines that "They are already on the threshold - that is the big goal. From the very beginning, I quoted Mrs Merkel as saying that we must do everything possible to keep as many people alive and healthy as possible until the vaccine comes along," he added.
The anti-epidemic situation in the country has been extended until January 31, and the new measures will be valid until December 21. This was stated by the Minister of Health Prof. Kostadin Angelov at a briefing in the Council of Ministers.
The following measures are introduced: the attendance of classes in all educational institutions, training centers, visits to kindergartens and nurseries is suspended, the holding of congress events, exhibitions in present form, as well as the holding of cultural and entertainment events is suspended.
It is not allowed to organize and hold the meeting of celebrations of a private nature, all sports events are suspended, except for international competitions, all sports events for persons over 18 years of age are held without audiences, visits to fitness centers, all restaurants are suspended for meals and only home deliveries are allowed. Visits to gambling halls and casinos, malls, with the exception of grocery stores, pet stores, banks, drugstores, insurance companies are suspended.
Excursions with organized transport are suspended. The measures take effect on Friday. All religious institutions will be open to the people, parks and gardens will also remain open. We do not impose evening hours in any area, there are no other strict measures, assured the Minister of Health.