Bulgaria plans to lift the mandatory use of face masks in gyms, hairdressers, small shops and offices where all workers are vaccinated as coronavirus infections decline, a deputy health minister said.
“We have seen a decline in new infections and, given the oncoming summer heat, we plan to take steps to facilitate the use of masks in some indoor spaces,” Deputy Minister Alexander Zlatanov told reporters.
Even baristas in small restaurants and cafes will be able to work without masks if fully vaccinated, he said.
Tsvetelia Tsolova reports for Reuters that the use of masks will remain mandatory in large shops, large administrative buildings and public transport.
Bulgaria has seen a significant drop in new infections since the third wave of coronavirus peaked in April. He reported about 131 new cases of infection on Thursday.
The country has the lowest vaccination rate in the European Union, with only 665,000 of its 7 million inhabitants fully vaccinated. The interim government has opened special units in city parks to facilitate access to Covid vaccines.
Bulgaria has reported a total of 419,990 coronavirus cases, including 17,872 deaths since the start of the pandemic.