Istanbul, fines in Beşiktaş for now wearing mask

Turkish government unifies fines for not wearing mask outside

From this Monday on, a single fine of 900 liras, about 120 euros, is established for not wearing a mask, the use of which is mandatory to go outside in 48 of the 81 provinces of Turkey.

The Turkish government has decided to end the confusion between provinces and cities by the application of different fines for not wearing a mask on the street and in public spaces where it is mandatory, and has unified the sanctions establishing a single amount of 900 liras -about 120 euros- for the whole country, following the example recently set in Istanbul.

The Turkish Interior Ministry has instructed the governors of the country’s 81 provinces to establish a single fine as of Monday; those who do not wear a mask will receive a first warning and will be identified, and if they are repeat offenders they will be punished, and both police and gendarmes can carry out this work.

It is currently mandatory to wear a facemask continuously to go outside in 48 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, including Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, and also in the city of İzmir and in most of its districts; in the other 33 provinces of the country, the mask is mandatory in crowded places such as shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on Saturday that the recent increase in cases of coronavirus infections could force the reinstatement of the restrictions removed on June 1, so he asked citizens to continue wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and taking care of hand hygiene.