One of them is a lawyer Nikolay Hadjigenov. He announced in his personal blog that the order was issued in flagrant violation of the law because it creates an obligation for all Bulgarians to buy masks and wear them constantly under threat of fines, while at the same time the state does not provide them.
The lawyer recalls that according to Art. 63 para 4 of the Health Act “the state and municipal bodies shall create the necessary conditions for the implementation of the measures under para 1 and the funds for their implementation shall be provided by the state budget, respectively by the municipal budgets.”
“The state did not create the necessary conditions to execute the procedural order, turning it into a tool for repression against Bulgarian citizens. Ergo, such a measure will not be able to protect the life and health of citizens, is a flagrant abuse of law and grossly violates the rights of citizens,” Hadzhigenov wrote in his complaint.
He urges the SAC to suspend the preliminary execution of the order pending final adjudication as well as to appoint a forensic expert, in which an epidemiologist, a virologist and a specialist in protective equipment can find out which masks are effective against the coronavirus and whether it can be stopped at all. with a mask.
This morning, following public outcry over lack of masks at pharmacies, the National Operations Headquarters announced that there would be a grace period – until 0:00 on Saturday, so that people could have time to get supplies. From there, they insisted that there were safeguards provided, but it was not widely seen in all places.
At the same time, Deputy Chief of Security Police Tony Todorov told bTV that there would be no compromise and police would be fined today.
“We should not speak of any tolerance on the part of police officers for non-compliance by citizens. The imposition of these sanctions is simply imperative and binding. We firmly state that we will not compromise with anyone,” he said.
Gen. Ventsislav Mutafchiiski stressed that the Regional Health Inspectorates and the Ministry of the Interior are to specify exactly where it will be obligatory to go with a mask, but specified that this certainly includes shops, pharmacies, hospitals, banks, transport, administration buildings, all institutions and places where there is no controlled access.
The Chief of Staff acknowledged that the data on the benefits of wearing masks from healthy people, especially if not the most protected, are conflicting and not recommended by the World Health Organization.