Top Brit holiday spot Sunny Beach has all trips banned over coronavirus pandemic
Bulgaria has banned all foreign and domestic holiday trips until April 13 in order to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus – meaning Brits won't be able to head to popular spot Sunny Beach.
More than 300,000 of our fellow young countrymen and women head across the continent to Bulgaria every year looking for sun, sea and sex.
And it's not hard to see why so many people flock there as thousands of pics have emerged from wild venues in Sunny Beach which encourage revellers to get naked.
Frisky pool parties are also popular in the Balkan seaside resort.
And now Bulgaria, with 81 confirmed cases of the new virus and two deaths, has declared a state of emergency and closed schools, bars and many shops.
The temporary holiday ban represents another heavy economic blow for Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state, which relies on tourism for about 8% of its economic output.
Announcing the restrictions, Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said it would be irresponsible for people to travel
for a vacation during the crisis.
"It is very hard for me as a tourism minister to say that, but this is very important for the health of the people," she
Bulgaria has already announced it will forbid people from 15 countries from entering the country, as of Wednesday, and many foreign holidaymakers have cancelled reservations at Bulgarian resorts.
Two large winter resorts, Bansko in Pirin and Pamporovo in the Rhodope mountains, closed their ski facilities on Monday after a British tourist in Bansko tested positive for the virus.
Two other people in the resort tested positive on Tuesday.
Angelkova expressed hope that the situation would improve by the summer, when tourists traditionally flock to Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts, but she warned that bankruptcies in the country's hospitality sector could not be ruled out.
"It is impossible for the time being to forecast whether we will have a summer tourism season at all."
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