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The Sun: Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach hopes to welcome tourists by July

2020-05-07   |  www.thesun.co.uk

BRITS could return to Bulgaria's Sunny Beach as soon as July as the country reduces its lockdown measures.

To encourage tourists, beaches will also offer free loungers, sun beds and tables when they open again for business.

Bulgaria has managed to keep coronavirus cases relatively low - the country has reported just 1,704 infections, and 50 deaths.

A state of emergency was declared on March 13 with travel bans, the closure of educational establishments and many businesses, as well allowing the police to intervene against those breaking the rules.

This will now expire on May 13, with plans to open resorts in the next few months starting from July 1.

Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov announced yesterday: “We are moving towards actions related to the gradual restoration of social and economic life, with a focus on measures that will remain in place."

One of the changes likely coming to beach resorts, with Sunny Beach being the most popular with British tourists thanks to being great value, is the waiving of fees often charged to allow a gradual return.

According to the Sofia Globe, beach umbrellas, sun beds and tables would be free-of-charge for visitors.

The average cost of a daily sun lounger on the popular beaches is approximately £5 per person - saving £140 for a family's week-long holiday alone.

Add in tables and beach umbrellas, and Brits could find themselves saving hundreds of pounds on their return.

National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria leader Valeri Simeonov warned that even worst cases scenarios could see tourists again by August

He explained: "We all very much want the tourist season to open as soon as possible.

"If things turn out to be worse, it may be August."

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova added: "We are in constant dialogue with the major tour operators we have worked with so far."

It follows the continuation of Wizz Air flights from the UK to Europe, with routes to Bulgaria resuming from London Luton Airport.

The low-cost airline announces plans to restart a limited schedule with other destinations including Portugal and Spain in the upcoming weeks.

Owain Jones, managing director said: "Although travel is currently restricted by government regulations, we are planning for the easing of restrictions as the situation improves and our customers are able to start travelling again."

He added: "As always, our primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of our passengers and crew, and our enhanced protective measures will ensure the most sanitary conditions possible."

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