Turkey Returns to Normal After Covid-19 Cases Drop

Turkey Returns to Normal After Covid-19 Cases Drop

With the third phase of normalization process underway, Turkey ended a number of Covid-19 restrictions on Thursday starting at 05.00 am local time.

UMMATIMES - The Turkish Interior Ministry issued a circular on June 27 to announce the steps being taken in the third stage of the phased normalization process.

"The curfew is between 22:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday, and a full day curfew on Sunday, and restrictions on travel between cities have ended," the ministry said.

All workplaces and cinemas, which have suspended their activities as part of coronavirus prevention, will reopen. Cafes and restaurants will serve customers without restrictions on the number of guests both in the indoor and outdoor areas.

Restrictions on accommodation facilities are coming to an end, with hygiene, masks and social distancing rules still to be adhered to. The outdoor wedding ceremony will be held without a limit of guests and food and drinks can be served, while some restrictions still apply to indoor events.

Events such as concerts, festivals and youth camps will be allowed provided the pre-defined rules are adhered to. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would end the pandemic curfew from July 1 following a nationwide decline in Covid-19 cases.

On June 1, the country eased a number of measures after 17 days of strict restrictions. Turkey has confirmed more than 5.42 million cases of Covid-19, while the national death toll has reached 49,732 since the start of the pandemic.

According to the Johns Hopkins University of the United States, since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed more than 3.9 million lives in 192 countries and territories, with more than 182.2 million cases reported worldwide.