Given the fact that Bulgaria’s economy relies heavily on tourism, it’s only natural that the sector is subjected to solid regulation by the government. The official start date of the season was May 1, 2021 (although it’s the management of each hotel that is to decide whether to open at any point after this date could be viable based on the number of bookings made and similar indicators).
A number of restrictions have been introduced that apply to hotels across Bulgaria regardless of their ownership. These include a broad range of measures of varying complexity. It has to be mentioned, however, that the new rules have been so far adhered to very strictly with little, if any, evidence of negligence on the part of hotel management.
A number of hotels have developed their own policies based on the official regulations, which are often less forgiving than the requirements of the Ministry of Health and related authorities. It is therefore highly advisable to check the hotel’s website before booking and shortly before your potential arrival to make sure you are ready to comply with its rules.
One of the vital changes legally introduced shortly before the current tourist season began in Bulgaria was the mandatory establishment of dedicated “quarantine rooms”. That is, every hotel has singled out a certain number of rooms and/or suites to be occupied by guests exhibiting symptoms that might indicate the presence of COVID-19 infection.
Whenever a person staying at a hotel in any area of the country feels like he or she might be infected, it is his or her duty to report the state and undergo any testing as needed. Based on the result of the test, the guest can be moved to one of the quarantine rooms to stay there in isolation provided that he or she has mild to moderate symptoms. In such cases, the quarantine must not be lifted until the illness is over. The costs of staying in the dedicated room are to be covered by either the insurance company if the policy provides for this kind of compensation or the individual. Please note that the practice does not apply to guests with severe symptoms who require hospitalization.
在所有公共indoo面具是强制性的r settings regardless of the purpose of the room as well as the number of people present. Both hotel staff and guests are required to cover their noses and mouths with adequate masks in enclosed public spaces on the respective hotel’s premises. The usual exception for situations related to eating and drinking applies.
Many potential tourists will be relieved to find out that wearing a mask outdoors is not required in Bulgaria. However, excursion tour providers as well as certain hotels specify in their policies that masks are to be worn even out of doors.
There are no official restrictions as to the working hours of clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, and other recreational institutions that are often found in or around hotels. That is, tourists are likely to find night-time attractions open 24/7. Yet, as has already been mentioned above, different hotels have different policies that are used to balance the needs for safety and profit.
Number of People per Unit of Area
The maximum number of people to be admitted to any area within the hotel’s premises must be limited according to the governmental decree. Each room and section of the hotel is to bear a sign specifying home many people are allowed to visit it at a time. Responsible hotel staff must control the situation to make sure that the limitation is respected.
Further Related Restrictions
The distance between two guests on the beach must not exceed 1.5 m, while the maximum number of umbrellas is one per 20 square meters. Each umbrella can be used by either one family of holidaymakers or two people who are not related to each other.
The summer of 2021 in Bulgaria has been marked by solid governmental regulation and high compliance on the hotel level. Paired with a number of general measures aimed at preventing the further spread of COVID-19, this promises excellent guest safety this summer holiday season.
Post time: Jun-09-2021