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NEW MEASURES AND RESTRICTIONS TO COMBAT WITH THE SPREADING EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As per the decision of the Presidency Cabinet dated 14 November 2020, it was decided to impose curfews within the scope of the new measures which is valid continuously from Thursday, December 31st, 9 p.m until Monday, January 4th, 5 a.m.

Following the decision of the Presidency Cabinet, the Ministry of Interiors have circulated its public mandate titled “Circulars on the New Restrictions and Measures” dated 15 December 2020, whereby it is declared:

  • the curfew will start as from 9 p.m. on 31 December 2020 and will continue until 5 a.m. on 4 January 2020, including January 1st , January 2nd and January 3rd.
  • The procedures and principles determined within the scope of the circular sent previously to the provinces on the curfew restrictions applied on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) will also be valid on Friday, January 1st, Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd.
In addition to curfews, a number of other precautions as stated below have been taken as well:
  • Lawyers, provided that it is limited to the execution of judicial duties such as procuracy, hearings and statements during the period and days in which the curfew is applied and notaries, in order to prevent the intensity of the upcoming year-end proceedings from adversely affecting the business life,  were added among the persons and places within the scope of exceptions, limited to the time and route of the specified duties. Intercity travels of lawyers with their private vehicles will also be allowed for the execution of judicial duties.
  • The implementation of suspension of kindergartens will continue until further notice. All full-day public and private kindergartens will be able to start face-to-face education as of 15 December 2020.
  • With the circular previously sent to the provinces, activities including general assembly in non-governmental organizations, public professional organizations and higher organizations, unions and cooperatives, were postponed until 1 March 2021. Activities including the general assembly held by the unions are also added to this scope.
  • In accommodation facilities that do not have a conditioned ventilating system, a UV filter will be installed in mechanical ventilation/air conditioning systems, and regular and frequent maintenance will be ensured.
  • Mobile HEPA filters will be used in the closed general areas of accommodation facilities that do not have ventilating/air conditioning systems, in numbers and power suitable for the cubic meter of the area. The maintenance will be done regularly and the filters will be changed frequently.

Those who do not comply with the decisions taken will be subject to administrative sanction in accordance with the relevant articles of the Law on Public Hygiene numbered 1593. Necessary judicial proceedings will be initiated within the scope of Article 195 of the Turkish Criminal Code regarding criminal behaviors.Our Law Firm remains at your disposal for any further clarifications you may need.

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