The Ministry of Interior Affairs submitted a circular to offices of the governor’s offices of 81 provinces about the exemptions regarding the curfew applied to people above the age of 65 /20 and younger / patients with chronic diseases.
The circular recalled that a temporary curfew was declared for citizens above the age of 65 citizens, young people at the age of 20 and below and /patients with chronic disease in 81 cities of the country in order to avoid personal contact and curb social mobility and provide social isolation in the name of managing the risk caused to human life by the extremely dangerous new type coronavirus (Covid-19) in our country. It also noted that it was also decided to declare temporary curfew for those who were born after 01.01.2000 in 81 cities.
It was stated during the cabinet meeting chaired by our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 4, Monday that the curfew decision taken upon the suggestion of Scientific Board for 65 and older and patients with chronic disease has been implemented for 44 days since March 22. It was also reported that curfew for citizens 20 years old and younger has been implemented for 31 days since April 4.
The circular said that the cabinet has decided to make an exception in the curfew decision.
According to the decision, citizens 65 year old and older and patients with chronic diseases who are under curfew in 81 cities will go out on May 10 Sunday between 11.00 and 15:00 under the condition of staying in walking distance from their home, obeying social distance rules and wearing masks.
14 year old children and younger under curfew will go out on May 13 Wednesday, young people between 15 and 20 will go out on May 15 Friday between 11.00 and 15:00 under the condition of staying in walking distance from their home, obeying social distance rules and wearing masks.
The Ministry asked governors to take necessary steps within the context of decisions mentioned above according to the Article 11/C of Law on Local Administrations and Articles 27 and 72 of the Law on Public Health.
The Ministry also requested governors of cities which are not under curfew to organize an effective information campaign by using all kinds of communication channels in order to persuade other citizens to stay at home voluntarily on May 10 Sunday between 11:00 and 15:00 when 65 years old and older citizens will be permitted to go out (in order to reduce disease risk for these citizens).
The Ministry asked governors take necessary measures and carry out detections in order to make sure that citizens 65 years old and older and those who were born after 01.01.2000 will stay at home after the permitted hours.
People who do not obey restrictions will be punished according to the Article 282 of the Law on Public Health. Depending on the nature of violation, these people might be tried according to the related articles of the Turkish Penal Code.