Turkey, curfew during coronavirus pandemic

38,000 people fined for violating coronavirus curfew

Turkey maintains the prohibition of going out to streets from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every day to stop COVID-19 infections.

Some 38,000 people have been fined in the last week in Turkey for violating the curfew against the coronavirus imposed by the Turkish authorities to stop the increase in infections, as reported by the Ministry of Interior of the Eurasian country.

In a statement, the ministry emphasises that the necessary measures have been taken against those who violate the curfew decreed by the government, after Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced on November 30 new restrictions, and the extension of the ban on going out to streets on weekends also to weekdays. In addition, time restrictions are maintained for those over 65 and under 20, who will not be able to use public transport.

However, the ministry highlights that the majority of citizens are complying with the confinement measures and the curfew, despite which about 38,000 people have had to be punished between December 1 and 7. The ban on going outside currently extends from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every day, and will remain in effect until further notice.

Only workers in certain sectors – production, supplies, health, agriculture – are exempt from the prohibition to go out on the street during these hours, while food stores, supermarkets, butchers, bakeries and other similar places are allowed to open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Restaurants may also serve take-out food from 10:00 to 20:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Despite the curfew, according to the latest data on the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey registered in the last 24 hours another 30,402 new infections and 6,093 more COVID-19 patients have had to start receiving treatment, while another 195 people have died from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, raising the number of deaths to almost 15,000, according to data from the Ministry of Health.