The Bulgarian Ministry of Health said that Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will be fined 300 leva ($ 174) for violating a muzzle order during his visit to a church, today, Tuesday.
On Monday, Health Minister Kirill Ananiev ordered the Bulgarians to resume using the masks again in all enclosed public places, after the country in the Balkans recorded, last week, its highest weekly rise in cases of the emerging coronavirus.
“All persons who were without masks in the church in Deir Rila during the prime minister’s visit will be fined,” the Ministry of Health told Reuters in an e-mail.
The Ministry indicated that, in addition to Borisov, journalists and photographers who accompanied him to the church will be fined without muzzles.
She did not say whether the clergy who did not place masks inside the church would also be punished.
The Eastern Orthodox Monastery of Rila is located in the Rila Mountains in southern Sofia and is more than 1,000 years old. It is famous for its colorful murals and is one of the best tourist attractions in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria has surpassed the “Covid-19” pandemic relatively well due to strict closures restrictions, including the mandatory use of muzzles in public places.
It started easing procedures this month, but last week, 606 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, bringing the total to 3,984, in addition to 207 deaths, prompting Ananiev to issue a decision to reuse the masks in enclosed public places, including trains and buses.
Chief health inspector Angel Konchev said on Monday that Borisov’s ruling right-wing Girb Party will be fined, and the opposition Socialist Party will have 3,000 levs each for not applying social divergence on the major events they have overseen.