Turkey will impose partial weekend curfews to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.
The curfews will be effective on weekends, but movement will be allowed between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. so as not to disrupt supply and production chains, Erdogan told a news conference in the capital Ankara following a Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex.
A partial curfew that was already in effect for people over the age of 65 has also been expanded to include those under 20, with the exception of those who have to go out for work. They can step outside their homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week.
Cinemas will remain closed until the end of the year.
Malls, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the week, with restaurants only providing delivery service.
Education will continue online until the end of the year, Erdogan said, adding all sports competitions will continue to be played without an audience.
If the upward trend in the pandemic continues, measures will inevitably return to the agenda “that have had painful consequences for all of us,” he stressed.
Speaking on the smoking ban on crowded streets and other public areas in Turkey, he said it will continue.
In the past week, Turkey has expanded smoking restrictions across the country, namely on crowded streets and in other public areas due to the coronavirus.
In public and private sector workplaces, sensitivity will be shown in the order for flexible working hours and the implementation of working hours in a way that does not create tensions, he said.