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The tourism industry supported the Deputy Prime Minister for working hours on New Year's Eve

The tourism industry supported Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova in her intention to propose to the National Operations Headquarters for Combating Coronavirus an exception for the restaurants in the hotels and to be allowed to work until 00:30 on New Year's Eve.
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The official position of the National Tourism Board, the Bulgarian Chamber of Tourism and the Bulgarian Tourist Union was deposited today, after Minister Nikolova announced her idea in a television interview this morning.

In their position, distributed in the media, the tourism industry declare their readiness to strictly observe the existing anti-epidemic measures in support of the health system and the efforts of all Bulgarian citizens to overcome the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In relation to the upcoming New Year holidays and the need to apply a single criterion of objective control, we believe it is appropriate to extend working time in accommodation and dining facilities to 0.30am on January 1, the document says.

The owners of restaurants outside those in the hotels reacted strongly against the Minister's intention and described it as a discriminatory, inadmissible double standard to the rest of the business.