The following businesses and institutions shall remain open to minimize curfews from negatively affecting the daily life:
a. Businesses producing, transporting and selling medications, medical equipment, medical masks and disinfectants;
b. Public and private health institutions, pharmacies, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals;
c. Public and private institutions and businesses necessary for essential public services (such as airports, ports, international border crossings, customs posts and offices, roads, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centres, Emergency Call Centres, Emergency Management Units and emergency service providers, “Vefa” Social Support Units, Immigration Directorates, Post Offices etc.);
d. Large scale plants and businesses active in strategic (electric, oil and natural gas) energy supply industries (refineries, petrochemical plants, thermal and natural gas power plants and similar);
e. Companies operating domestic and international transport services (including exports, imports, transit passages);
f. Hotels and lodging services;
g. Construction firms involved in emergency building of capacity and provision of emergency equipment in health sector;
h. Animal shelters, animal farms and animal welfare centres;
i. Production and manufacturing facilities;
j. Newspapers, radio and TV businesses, newspaper printing works and newspaper distributors;
k. Petrol stations and tyre services to be determined by provincial/county governors/administrators, as one for every 50 thousand of population; also one for every 50 km of intercity roads and motorways passing through the city limits (the petrol stations and tyre services to remain open shall be determined via lottery);
l. Wholesale produce markets.
Persons exempted from restrictions:
Persons managing or working at the institutions and establishments mentioned above;
Persons tasked with administering and enforcing public order and security (including private security personnel);
Those sitting in (including one first-degree relative as accompanying person) and proctoring examinations announced and organized by OSYM (Central Examinations Authority);
Persons performing funeral services and those participating in the funeral of their first-degree relatives;
Persons who ensure the continuity and attending to failure of such uninterruptible infrastructure services as electricity, water, natural gas and telecommunications;
Persons involved in provision of inland and international transport and logistics services (including courier services) for products and equipment;
Persons working for social protection/welfare services, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, children’s homes, kindergartens etc.
Persons working in production and manufacturing facilities;
Persons supervising grazing farm animals, tending beehives;
Technical service and repair workers providing proof of being underway for service calls;
Persons watching businesses and other places of work outside working hours;
Municipal workers involved in public transport, cleaning and rubbish collection, water and sewer works, fumigation, fire and cemetery services on weekends;
Persons who have mandatory medical appointments (including blood and plasma donors to Red Crescent);
Persons involved in providing essential services needed by those staying at dormitories, lodging services and work sites;
Employees who are involved in work place health and safety and who are deemed to be at risk if they leave their work places (such as work place physicians);
Persons with special needs such as autism, severe mental retardation and down syndrome and their custodians and/or accompanying persons;
Persons feeding street animals, as mentioned in the circular no: 7486 dated 30 April 2020;
Persons working at production, watering, processing, spraying, harvesting, marketing and transporting animal and plant based products;
Persons relieving their pets, limited to the front of their homes;
Persons delivering packages to homes during the curfew hours;
Persons conducting court-mandated parental visits (with proof of court orders);
Persons involved in sports competition events (those allowed without spectators) such as players, managers and other officials;
Persons traveling and providing intercity travel services on public transport services (ticket and/or reservation proof of travel date and time required);
Persons driving or managing urban transport services (metrobus, bus, subway, taxi, “dolmuş” etc.).
The new measures against the Covid-19 pandemic are as follows. These will be in force beginning from 20:00 (8:00 PM) on Friday, 20 November 2020.
1. Malls, shopping centres, markets, hairdressers and beauty centres shall serve customers between 10:00-20:00 hours (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM).
2. Food businesses like restaurants, cafes, patisserie shops, cafeterias shall serve customers only on a take-away or self-pick-up basis, again between 10:00-20:00 hours (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM). Restaurants or online food delivery services may operate on home-delivery basis after 20:00 hours (8:00 PM) for orders received by phone or online.
Provincial or County Public Health Boards may designate, on an individual basis, restaurants and eateries serving alongside intercity roads or inside rest and service areas on these roads as exempted from these restrictions, provided they are located outside of built-up areas.
3. Movie theatres shall remain closed until 31 December 2020. Coffee houses, garden cafes, internet cafes/salons, game parlours, billiards salons, clubs, tea gardens and synthetic football (soccer) pitches shall suspend their activities until further notice. The water pipe (shisha/nargile) gardens/salons shall remain closed, as they have been for a while.
4. All over Turkey, citizens above 65 years of age may only go outdoors between 10:00-13:00 hours (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM); those under 20 years (born after 1 January 2001) may only go outdoors between 13:00-16:00 hours (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM). Those who are actually employed (proof of employment through a SGK record/ID is required) are exempted.
5. A (nationwide) curfew on weekends is imposed between 20:00-10:00 hours (8:00 PM – 10:00 AM) until further notice.
Production and supply chain operations are exempted from these restrictions.
As a first step in implementation, the curfew shall be in force from 20:00 hours (8:00 PM) on Saturday, 21 November 2020, until 10:00 hours (10:00 AM) on Sunday, 22 November 2020 and from 20:00 hours (8:00 PM) on Sunday, 22 November 2020 until 05:00 hours (5:00 AM) on Monday, 23 November 2020.
On following weekends, the curfews will be enforced as above