Nightclub in Plovdiv, Bulgaria fined for violating 10pm closing rule

Checks on compliance with anti-epidemic rules in Plovdiv have been stepped up in recent days, with a nightclub fined after it intentionally flouted orders to close by 10pm and police removing people from public buses removed because they were not wearing masks.

According to a report by Bulgarian national television, checks began on the night of January 31 at a restaurant in the Zapaden district of Plovdiv.

After that there were no more customers in the restaurant mandatory closing timeand the owner complained that the increased measures were ruining the industry, the report said.

The owner said he told customers to leave at 10pm. He complained that he had 15 employees and questioned whether he could pay them.

The fined nightclub operated after midnight. The fine is imposed by the Regional Health Inspectorate and ranges from 500 to 2000 leva (about 250 to 1000 euros).

The report said the nightclub deliberately flouted the 10pm closure rule, arguing that all staff were vaccinated.

When asked if the nightclub would continue to defy the order, manager Radoslav Chilingirov told BNT: “We will keep working, we will keep working, fines are better than death.”

According to the report, customers at the nightclub were also screened by the health inspectors but not fined.

Last week, Bulgaria‘s restaurant and hotel establishments said they would not comply with the new anti-epidemic measures, claiming they were unfairly singled out despite complying with previous measures such as mask-wearing, staff vaccination and controls customers for green certificates.

In other Covid-19 news in Bulgaria on February 1st:

The Lovech Municipal Operations Center will decide on February 4 whether to introduce additional anti-epidemic measures, both for schoolchildren and other members of the public.

The move follows concerns that the district’s Covid-19 morbidity has risen by 200 points a week. On a 14-day basis, the morbidity in the municipality of Lovech is 2,040 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Controls to ensure compliance with anti-epidemic measures are also being strengthened in the region.

Last Saturday, a wedding in the village of Petrevene was shut down for violating anti-epidemic measures, Bulgarian National Radio said.

Labor and Social Affairs Minister Georgi Gyokov said on February 1 that more than 690,000 pensioners will today receive a one-off supplement of 75 leva to their pension for voluntarily completing their vaccination cycle against Covid-19.

According to Gyokov, the sum will be transferred on a different day than when the pensions are paid.

“As long as they complete their vaccination cycle by the end of June, all other retirees, regardless of age and pension, can benefit from this one-time supplement,” he said.

(Photo: Israel Jimenez)

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