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GUIDE OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH REGARDING THE PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN SPECIFIC TO THE WORK PLACES

Further to our Newsletters of 14 April 2020 and 11 May 2020, we would like to inform you that the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Turkish Ministry of Health has published on 27 May 2020, the Guide about the precautions that should be taken against Covid-19 specific to the workplaces of the following businesses (listed in the Guide) and in relation with: 

  1. the workplace (in Turkish, “İşyerine yönelik tedbirler”); 
  2. the protection of the employees (in Turkish, “Personeli korumaya yönelik tedbirler”); 
  3. the customers (in Turkish, “müşterilere yönelik tedbirler”); 
  4. the hygiene, disinfection and aeration of the workplace (in Turkish, “Ortam Temizliği, dezenfeksiyon ve havalandırma”). 

We would like to provide you with the following link (in Turkish), https://covid19bilgi.saglik.gov.tr/depo/toplumda-salgin-yonetimi/salgin-yonetimi-ve-calisma-rehberi/COVID19-SALGIN_YONETIMI_VE_CALISMA_REHBERI.pdf  specifying the precautions to be taken by each type of business: 

  1. Precautions to be taken in Malls and the Stores located in the Malls;
  2. Precautions to be taken in Barbershops, Hair Salons and Beauty Salons;
  3. Precautions to be taken by Shopkeepers selling Shoes and Bags;
  4. Precautions to be taken by Grocers;
  5. Precautions to be taken in Buffets, Canteens and Dealers;
  6. Precautions to be taken by Butchers, Fruit-sellers, Sellers of Dried Nuts and Fruits, Fishmongers and other Places of Business Selling Food;
  7. Precautions to be taken in Bookstores and Stationery Shops;
  8. Precautions to be taken in Garment Stores, Clothing Stores and Hosiery Stores;
  9. Precautions to be taken by Jewelers and Watch-sellers;
  10. Precautions to be taken in Toy Stores;
  11. Precautions to be taken in District Bazaars and Marketplaces;
  12. Precautions to be taken by Tailors, Shoe Repair Shops and Dry Cleaners;
  13. Precautions to be taken in Commercial Taxis and Taxi Stands;
  14. Precautions to be taken in Minibuses;
  15. Precautions to be taken in Mines and Quarries;
  16. Precautions to be taken in Construction Sites;
  17. Precautions to be taken in Appliance Stores and Furniture Stores;
  18. Precautions to be taken in Perfumeries and Cosmetics Stores;
  19. Precautions to be taken in Gas Stations;
  20. Precautions to be taken in Markets and Supermarkets;
  21. Precautions to be taken in Carwashes;
  22. Precautions to be taken in Automobile Service Shops, Automobile Repair Shops and Tire Shops;
  23. Precautions to be taken in Automobile Galleries and Automobile Rental Businesses;
  24. Precautions to be taken by all Businesses operating as Bureau and Offices;
  25. Precautions to be taken in Real Estate Agencies and Real Estate Consultancy Offices;
  26. Precautions to be taken in Electronics Stores and Telecommunication Stores;
  27. Precautions to be taken by Installers (Electricians, Plumbers, Gas Installers etc.)

Please note once again that if employer(s) do not take the necessary precautions at the workplace for the protection of the employees’ health against Covid-19, the employer(s) may be subject to administrative fines. Thus, it will be reasonable for the employer to take certain precautions against Covid-19 before re-start of their activities, such as cooperating with their occupational health and safety specialists, 

revising the risk evaluation reports, following precautions and guidelines that are continuously being published by the Ministries, making sure that employees are aware and trained about the new implementations in the workplace and are provided with their personal protective equipment (and documenting these points with minutes signed by the employees) and if possible, adopting a company resolution framing the guidelines and precautions, in order to minimize potential legal liability. 

Our Law Firm remains at your disposal for any further clarifications or assistance you may need about the subject matter. 

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