Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President decrees 4 days of curfew starting from Saturday

The curfew will last from Saturday 16 to Tuesday of next week. Travel restrictions are lifted in 9 provinces, but will continue in Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced late Monday after a meeting with his government cabinet that a 4-day curfew will be imposed in the country’s main cities, which this time will start on Saturday and will last all weekend including Monday and Tuesday 19, a national holiday in Turkey.

“There will be a curfew again on May 16, 17, 18 and 19,” Erdoğan announced in a televised message to the nation, coinciding with the first day that shopping malls, hair salons, and some stores opened their doors for the first time since they were forced to close on March 21 as part of the coronavirus pandemic measures.

Erdoğan however announced that restrictions are lifted for travel in nine provinces and large metropolitan areas of Turkey, including Adana, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Trabzon, Ordu, Denizli, Kahramanmaraş, Şanlıurfa and Tekirdağ; however, quarantine measures will continue in the country’s three most populous provinces: Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir.

However, the Turkish president warned citizens that these steps being taken towards normalisation should not be perceived as a full return to normal life as it was before March 10, when the first measures against the pandemic in Turkey were took, but as a step towards a “new normal”.

We have entered a new period,” Erdoğan said, underscoring the need to maintain standards of hygiene and social distancing. “We have seen examples in the world of how complacency could lead to major catastrophes,” recalled the Turkish president, who last week warned the population that if they do not comply with the rules and the coronavirus cases rebound, much more severe restrictions could be adopted.