Turkey is announcing a strict three-week lockdown starting April 29th. This was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after an emergency meeting, Hurriyet reports.
The hard limits will be in effect from 7:00 pm on April 29, 2021 until 5:00 am on Monday, May 17th. Throughout this time, a curfew will be in effect in the country, and the movement of citizens on the streets of cities will be limited.
In addition, hotels will not be able to accept new bookings to prevent curfew violations. However, TurizmGuncel reports, citing its own sources, that hotels will be able to continue operating during the lockdown. Later, this information was confirmed by the Turkish Interior Ministry. In its circular, the department explained that the lockdown does not apply to tourists, as well as workers in the tourism sector associated with the reception and service of foreign guests. “They can travel freely with their passports, visit museums and archaeological sites. It is profitable to be a tourist in Turkey now, ”Minister of Tourism of the country Nuri Ersoy commented on the decision.
Most employees in industries that are not strategically important will be sent on vacation or remote work. Intercity travel will be permitted with a maximum occupancy rate of 50%.
Earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs stated that all strict restrictions due to the spread of coronavirus will apply to foreign citizens who have a residence permit in Turkey.
As of April 25, about 38.5 thousand new cases of coronavirus were detected in the country. At the same time, most infections are transmitted in a mild form: the occupancy rate of the bed fund slightly exceeds 50%.
In the province of Antalya, the average infection rate is 324.5 cases per 100 thousand population. The highest is in the Istanbul region, 854.7 per 100 thousand population.
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