Since the start of the Coronavirus epidemic, in line with the proposals of the Ministry of Health and the Science Board and upon the directions of H.E. the President, a series of measures were taken and implemented in order to manage the epidemic risk in terms of public health and public order; maintain social isolation; protect the social distance rule and slow down the spread of the virus.
With the purpose of preventing the quick spread of the virus; following additional measures should be taken at the metropolitan cities and Zonguldak by the offices of the governors according to Article 117/C of the Provincial Administration Law and Articles 27 and 72 of the Public Health Law.
Within this context;
1. All people living within the city borders of 30 Metropolitan cities of the country (Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Muğla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Tekirdağ, Trabzon, Van) and Zonguldak are forbidden to go out the following exceptions between 17.04.2020 24:00 to 19.04.2020 24:00.
2. Offices, Workplaces and Institutions that Will be Open during the Curfew
· Bread bakeries and/or workplaces licensed to sell baked products (these shops can only sell bread and baked products) and bread stands,
· Workplaces dealing with production, transportation and the sale of medicine, medical devices, medical masks and disinfectants,
· Public and private health clinics and hospitals, pharmacies, veterinarian clinics and animal hospitals
· Public offices and agencies needed for the continuation of obligatory public services (airports, ports, customs, border gates, highways, senior homes, senior care centers, rehabilitation centers, emergency call services, AFAD units, Vefa Social Support Teams etc.,)
· Limited number of fuel stations and tire repair shops designated by the governors’ offices as one for every 50.000 person at city centers or as one for every 50 km at highways.
· Major facilities and enterprises carrying out strategic activities in the natural gas, electricity and oil sectors (such as refinery and petrochemical facilities as well as thermic and natural gas cycle plants etc.,)
· Post office, water, newspaper and propane distribution companies,
· Animal shelters, animal farms and animal care centers,
· Companies and enterprises carrying out urgent construction, supply etc. activities for increasing health service capacity in the country,
· Under the condition of receiving permit from the provincial public health board, facilities producing pasta, flour, milk, meat and fish products and factories dealing with producing hygienic products such as paper towels, colognes and raw materials used for this purpose,
· Local and international transportation (including export/import/transit pass),
· Hotels and accommodation facilities,
· Facilities producing packages for food, medicine and hygiene sectors,
· Big constructions whose workers accommodate at the construction site, workers accommodating outside the site are not allowed to come to work at the construction.
· Newspapers, radio and television channels and printing houses.
3. People in the Exceptions List
· Managers, employees or workers of workplaces, offices and agencies which will be open during the curfew as mentioned under the second title of this memorandum,
· Officers working in order to maintain public order and security (including private security officers),
· Employees working in Urgent Call Centers, AFAD, Red Crescent and Vefa Social Support Units,
· People who will be carrying out burial procedures (religious personnel, hospital and municipality employees etc.) and first-degree-relatives who will attend the funeral,
· Employees working in the repair and maintenance of electricity, water, natural gas, telecommunication services,
· Employees and workers responsible for product and/or material transportation or logistics (including cargo services) local and international transportation, storing and related activities,
· Social workers and care takers working at senior homes, senior care centers, rehabilitation centers and child homes etc.,
· Guardians, care takers or social workers for “people with special needs” such as autistics, heavy mental retardation and Down syndrome.
· Employees working at the departments which are required to maintain continuous function such as high furnaces used in iron and steel, glass and ferrochrome sectors and cold storage depots,
· Data processing center workers (under the condition of keeping the number of workers in minimum) processing information in nationwide service networks,
· People working in the production, processing, marketing and transportation of vegetable and animal products,
· Ovine- bovine breeders, bee keepers, people feeding street animals and people who had to walk their pets (under the condition of staying within a few miles from home),
· People distributing bread,
· People who have obligators health appointments (including blood and plasma donations to the Red Crescent),
· Employees working for responding basic needs of people living in dorms, pensions, construction sites etc.,
· Employees whose departure from their workplace are risky due to occupational health and safety (workplace doctor etc.,)
· Technical service employees under the condition of certifying that they have to be outside in order to provide services,
· Workers who are permitted by the provincial public health board to work in planting, irrigation etc., for the continuation of agricultural production,
· Employees who are on duty during the weekend for mass transportation, cleaning, waste disposal, water and drainage, firefighting and cemetery services,
· Under the condition of being valid after 18:00 on 19.04.2020 Sunday, people working in transportation, storage and sales to markets and vegetable /fruit markets in order to prevent any problem in the supply chain (any product that is not mentioned in this list cannot be sold during the curfew).
All citizens other than mentioned exceptions must obey the curfew
· Travel permit documents (except those who are already on the road) issued according to previous memorandum (expect permissions provided for health reasons and for those who will attend funerals) can be used after Monday.
· Municipalities will make necessary measures in order to offer local mass transportation services for who will be on duty during curfew in order to maintain public order.
· In an effort to maintain proper bread distribution, a commission will be formed under the direction of Governor or Local Administrators with the participation of representatives from bread bakers association, local management, security and gendarme. This commission will make the list of vehicles which will distribute bread. Meanwhile, Vefa Social Support Units will also make contribution to delivering bread to each household.
· Newspaper distribution will be carried out by newspaper vehicles, drinking water service vehicles and Vefa Social Support Units.
· Decision concerning workplaces which will be open and people who will work during curfew will be made by provincial public health boards until 22.00 on 16.04.2020.
This is kindly brought to the attention of the public.