Turkey is again tightening coronavirus restrictions due to an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 infection. This was stated by President Tayyip Erdogan at a speech following a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on March 29, Anadolu news agency reported.
According to Erdogan, 58 provinces, which are home to 80% of Turkey’s population, have been identified as high-risk areas for the spread of coronavirus. We are talking, in particular, about such provinces as Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Antalya. They impose curfews on Saturday and Sunday.
Daily curfews from 21:00 to 05:00 will continue throughout the country.
Restaurants and cafes throughout Turkey will be able to receive no more than half of the visitors from their capacity. During curfew hours, catering establishments will only be able to operate takeaway.
Also, special measures are introduced during the month of the Muslim fast of Ramadan, which begins on April 12 and ends on May 12. In particular, there will be restrictions on the holding of public iftar (dinner during the month of Ramadan) and suhurs (morning meal). All restaurants and cafes in all provinces will operate takeaway and delivery only.
What threatens tourists for breaking curfews?
According to ATOR, the curfew will not apply to tourists who can confirm their status with a voucher, tickets and other documents.
A similar policy regarding foreign tourists was in effect in the country before the tightening of coronavirus restrictions. December 3, 2020 Minister of Culture and Tourism of this country Mehmet Nuri Ersoy told RIA Novosti that the curfew in Turkey does not apply to tourists and they can freely walk the streets. For free movement, foreigners needed to have a hotel voucher, a passport with stamps on the recent entry into the country and a return ticket.
There is a fine for local residents for violating the curfew.