In order to manage the risk of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in terms of public health and public order, to ensure social isolation, to maintain physical distance and to control the spread of the disease, the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Coronavirus Science Board have been implemented by taking many measures in line with the instructions of our President.
It has been observed that the spread/transmission of the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected the whole world in 2020, has recently increased in all countries. It has also been observed that there was a very serious increase in the course of the pandemic, especially in countries on the European continent, and many new measures have been taken and implemented within the scope of the fight against pandemic.
In addition to hygiene, mask and social/physical distance rules, which are the basic principles of the controlled social life period we are living in right now in our country as well, considering the course of the pandemic and possible risks, the rules and measures to be followed for all areas of life have been determined.
In this framework, in line with the decisions taken in the Presidential Cabinet convened on 17.11.2020 under the chairmanship of our President and to be valid from 20:00 on Friday, 20.11.2020:
1. Shopping centers, markets, barbers, hairdressers and beauty centers will only be able to provide their services to our citizens between 10:00 and 20:00.
2. Eating and drinking places such as restaurants, diners, patisseries, cafeterias and cafes may only be open between 10:00 and 20:00 to provide home delivery or take-away services. Restaurants and online food ordering companies will be able to provide home delivery service after 20:00 only by phone or online order.
Eating and drinking places located on the side of intercity highways and serving vehicles working for intercity public transportation or logistics purposes, provided that they are determined individually by the Provincial/District Public Health Boards and are not located in the residential area, will be exempted from the restrictions.
3. The operations of the cinema halls will be stopped until 31.12.2020, and the activities of coffee houses, cafes, country gardens, internet cafes/halls, electronic game halls, billiard halls, clubs and tea gardens and astro pitches will be stopped until a new decision is taken. The practice of closing the hookah lounges, whose activities were suspended before, will be continued.
Workplaces that operate in the form of tea houses will be able to remain open provided that they remove their tables, chairs/stools and only serve tradesmen.
4. In all our provinces, citizens aged 65 and over will be able to go out between 10:00 and 13:00 during the day, and citizens under 20 (born on 01.01.2001 and after) will be able to go out between 13:00 and 16:00 during the day (except for employees who submit a document such as an occupational/SSI record etc. showing their workplace and their causality), and outside of these hours, citizens of the specified age groups will be restricted from going out to the streets.
5. Until a new decision is made, a curfew will be applied on weekends, except from 10:00 to 20:00.
Production, manufacturing and supply chains are exempt from this restriction.
In this regard, the curfew will be applied from 20:00 on Saturday, November 21 to 10:00 on Sunday, November 22, and from 20:00 on Sunday, November 22 to 05:00 on Monday, November 23.
The practice will continue as stated above in the following weekends as well until a new decision is taken.
In order to minimize the effects of curfew restrictions on daily life;
5.1 WORKPLACES, ENTERPRISES AND INSTITUTIONS TO BE OPEN
a) Workplaces that carry out activities related to the production, transportation and sales of medicines, medical devices, medical masks and disinfectants,
b) Public and private health institutions and organizations, pharmacies, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals,
c) Public institutions and organizations and enterprises necessary for the maintenance of compulsory public services (Airports, ports, border gates, customs, highways, nursing homes, elderly care homes, rehabilitation centers, Emergency Call Centers, AFAD Units, institutions/organizations working on disasters, Fidelity Social Support Units, Migration Management, PTT etc.),
ç) Large facilities and businesses operating strategically in the natural gas, electricity, petroleum sector (such as refinery and petrochemical plants and thermal and natural gas conversion plants),
d) Companies engaged in domestic and international transportation (including export/import/ transit) and logistics,
e) Hotels and accommodation places,
f) Businesses/companies carrying out activities such as emergency construction, equipment etc. to increase the capacity of health services,
g) Animal shelters, animal farms and animal care centers,
ğ) Production and manufacturing facilities,
h) Newspaper, radio and television organizations, newspaper printing presses, and newspaper distributors,
ı) Certain amount of fuel stations and tire repairers to be designated by the Governorates/District Governorates, one for every 50,000 inhabitants, and one for every 50 km on the intercity highway and motorway, if any, passing through the provincial borders (Fuel stations and tire repairers that will be open under this article will be determined by drawing),
i) Vegetable/fruit wholesale markets,
5.2 PERSONS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF EXCEPTION
a) Managers, officers or employees of "Workplaces, Enterprises and Institutions to be Open" listed above,
b) Those who are in charge of ensuring public order and security (including private security officers),
c) Those working in Emergency Call Centers, Fidelity Social Support Services, Fidelity Social Support Units Red Crescent and AFAD (Disaster And Emergency Management Presidency) and those who carry out activities within the scope of disasters,
ç) Those who document that they will attend exams announced by ÖSYM and other central exams (along with one companion such as spouse, sibling, mother or father) and exam attendants,
d) Those who are involved in funeral burials (religious officials, hospital and municipal officials, etc.) and those who will attend the funerals of their first-degree relatives,
e) Those who are in charge of maintaining transmission and infrastructure systems that should not be interrupted such as electricity, water, natural gas, telecommunications etc. and fixing the malfunctions of the same,
f) Those who are involved in the transportation or logistics of products and/or materials (including cargo), within the scope of domestic and international transportation, storage and related activities,
g) Employees of social protection/care centers such as elderly nursing homes, rest homes, rehabilitation centers, children's homes etc.,
ğ) Those working in production and manufacturing facilities,
h) Those who graze sheep and goat and cattle and carry out beekeeping activities,
ı) Technical service staff, provided that they document that they are outside to provide service,
i) Those who constantly wait for their workplaces during the hours/days when their workplaces are closed,
j) Personnel who will work on the weekend to carry out public transportation, cleaning, solid waste, water and sewerage, disinfection, fire and cemetery services of the municipalities,
k) Those who have mandatory health appointments (including blood and plasma donations to the Red Crescent),
l) Those who are in charge of meeting the basic needs that will be required by those staying in collective places such as dormitories, hostels, construction sites, etc.,
m) Employees who are at risk of leaving their workplaces due to occupational health and safety reasons (workplace doctor, etc.),
o) Those with "Special Needs" such as autism, severe mental retardation and down syndrome and their parents/guardians or accompanying persons,
ö) Members of the Animal Feeding Group created under our Circular numbered 7486 dated 30.04.2020 and those who will feed the street animals,
p) Those working in the manufacturing, irrigation, processing, spraying, harvesting, marketing and transportation of herbal and animal products,
r) Those who go out to meet the compulsory need of their pets, provided that they are limited to the front of their residence,
s) Those who are in charge of home delivery services within the hours when there is curfew,
ş) Those who will establish personal relations with their children within the framework of a court decision (provided that they submit the court decision),
t) Athletes, managers and other officials in sports competitions that can be carried out without an audience,
u) Those who work in the intercity public transportation vehicles (plane, bus, train, ship, etc.) and those who document that they will travel on these public transportation vehicles by submitting their ticket, reservation code, etc.
ü) Drivers and officers of urban public transportation vehicles (metrobus, metro, bus, minibus, taxi, etc.).
6. The practice of imposing a smoking ban in areas/places such as avenues, streets, squares and public transportation stops stated in our Circular No. 18579 dated 11.11.2020, may be expanded by the Provincial/District Public Health Boards.
7. Provincial Public Health Boards will ensure that all kinds of measures, especially increasing the number of trips, will be taken by local administrations to reduce the crowd in urban public transportation vehicles and to increase the sparseness in the vehicles.
8. Within the framework of the principles imposed regarding weddings and marriage ceremonies with our Circular dated 02.09.2020 and numbered 14210;
9. It is essential that our citizens do not travel within the city or intercity with their private vehicles during the periods when there is curfew on weekends.
In the presence of the foregoing situations, our citizens will be able to travel with their private vehicles by obtaining a permit through EBAŞVURU (e-application) and ALO 199 systems of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or from the Travel Permit Boards through direct application to the Provincial/District Governorates.
It is of vital importance for all our public officials, especially Governors and District Governors, to focus on activities that increase social sensitivity to comply with the measures taken in the fight against the pandemic, and to continue making sacrifices all together, as it has been the case until today, in order for us to overcome these challenging days and go back to much healthier days.
It shall be ensured that, in line with the above-mentioned principles and in accordance with Articles 27 and 72 of the Public Health Law, the decisions of the Provincial/District Public Health Boards are taken immediately, there is no disruption in practice and unjust treatment, and administrative actions are taken for those who do not comply with the decisions made in accordance with the relevant articles of the Public Health Law, and that necessary judicial proceedings are initiated within the scope of Article 195 of the Turkish Criminal Code regarding such criminal behavior.