President Erdogan: we will impose curfew restrictions on weekends across the country during the month of Ramadan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the nation after a Cabinet meeting held at the Presidential Complex.
Stating that at the meeting, they evaluated in detail all the developments related to the outbreak, Erdogan said: " We've started to see the effects of vaccination in the field, starting at an advanced age, reaching the figure of 15 million. In this way, the rates of advanced age groups in case, patient and intensive care figures decreased significantly. Although the number of cases is increasing in general, the rates of inpatient and intensive care patients are not rising at the same level. Despite this, the increase in cases and patients, as well as the number of deaths, obliges us to review existing practices."
Citing that the provinces are divided into low-risk, medium-risk, high-risk and very high-risk according to criteria such as case, patient, death, hospital capacity and vaccination, President Erdogan said: " Unfortunately, the number of provinces in the red category, which constitute a very high risk group, has reached 58 cities, which constitute 80 percent of our population."
President Erdoğan continued as follows:
" In light of the data we have and the assessments we have made, we have decided to share the following points with our nation today. Curfew restrictions throughout Turkey will continue every day of the week between 21.00 in the evening and 05.00 in the morning. The weekend curfew restriction, imposed only on Sunday in red category provinces, will now be applied on Saturday and Sunday. In return, businesses such as restaurants and cafes will be able to operate in accordance with 50 percent capacity and other established rules throughout Turkey regardless of the category. Takeaway service after closing time and on curfew days will continue in its current form."
"In Ramadan, we will all make some sacrifices together" said Erdoğan and continued as follows:
" During this blessed month, we will impose curfew restrictions on weekends across the country. Businesses such as restaurants and cafes across Turkey will limit their services to takeaways only during the month of Ramadan. Again, during the month of Ramadan, mass events such as iftar and sahur will not be held throughout the country. In addition to the existing incentives, we will make some contributions to the owners of restaurants and cafes that will be affected by this practice. We will also bear the premium burdens of our restaurant and cafe employees who may not benefit from insurance premium support within April and may within the scope of normalization and free leave application, and we will also pay them 1500 liras in cash per person. I invite our citizens to carefully and sensitively evaluate this process in order to have a photo of Turkey, where we will experience our freedom in all areas together with the Eid. May Allah help us and be with us."