Face masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces

The government plans to modify the measures in place as of 26 June 2021

Face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces and covered areas. This includes educational institutions, public transport and locations where contact-based professions are carried out, as well as shops, town halls and train stations. Make sure the mask covers your nose, mouth and chin.

Read the rules on face masks in Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.

Always stay 1.5 metres away from other people

Always stay 1.5 metres away from other people, even if you are wearing a face mask.

Wearing a face mask correctly

Make sure the mask covers your nose, mouth and chin. Only touch the mask with clean hands. Keep your mask on wherever it is mandatory to do so, even if there are no other people around.

See the instructions on wearing a face mask, available in several languages.

Types of face masks to use

Use face masks made for use by the general public. The use of transparent face shields instead of a face mask is not permitted.

Face masks mandatory from 1 December

As of 1 December 2020, everyone aged 13 and over must wear a face mask in settings in which they are mandatory.

Reason for making face masks mandatory

Making it mandatory to wear a face mask almost everywhere automatically makes the rules clearer and helps stop coronavirus spreading.

Settings in which face masks are mandatory

Removing your mask when seated indoors

You can remove your face mask indoors once you are seated in an assigned seat, such as in a theatre. When you leave your seat, you must put your mask back on. This does not apply to public transport; you must wear your mask at all times while travelling by train, bus, tram or metro.

Private buildings

Face masks are not mandatory in private buildings that are not freely accessible to the public. This includes buildings where people gather to practise a religion or belief, such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues. Organisations and businesses can decide for themselves whether they wish to advise people to wear face masks on their premises. They can also choose to make face masks mandatory as part of their own policy.

Fines

If you do not wear a face mask in a place where you must wear one, you may be fined.

Face masks no substitute for social distancing

Wearing a face mask is never a substitute for not observing other measures to limit the spread of the virus. You must also always stay 1.5 metres away from others and avoid busy places.

Sometimes keeping your distance is not possible, however, such as on public transport or at the hairdresser. In such situations, face masks can help stop the virus spreading. Wearing a face mask mainly protects others around you. And if they wear a face mask, they're protecting you.

Face masks not harmful

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that face masks are not harmful. They do not cause a lack of oxygen or carbon dioxide poisoning. Oxygen and carbon dioxide can simply pass through the face mask.

Wearing a mask may sometimes be a little uncomfortable, so you should wear one that fits you well.

Exempted from wearing face masks