Turkey mulling three-stage normalization plan

Turkey mulling three-stage normalization plan

Within the scope of its normalization plan, Turkey is considering a three-stage strategy to be implemented after the full lockdown ends on May 17, including the lifting of restrictions on restaurants and cafes in the first stage.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey would gradually ease lockdown restrictions after the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday as the coronavirus cases and fatalities continue to fall nationwide.

According to the plan under consideration, in the first phase of the normalization, restaurants and cafes will reopen, but will be allowed to serve until 8 p.m., private broadcaster CNN Türk reported.

Moreover, curfews will begin at 9 p.m. and not at 7 p.m., as was the case previously, while curfews on Saturdays will be totally lifted. However, Sunday curfews are expected to remain in place during the first stage of the normalization.

Online education for students will continue, but schools are likely to reopen in September or October, depending on the pace of the outbreak.

In the second stage of the normalization, which is expected to start at the end of May, the business hours of cafes and restaurants will be extended to 10 p.m., but those venues will serve customers outdoors at 50 percent capacity. Smaller establishments such as tea houses will need permission from the governor’s offices to operate.

In this phase of the reopening, Sunday curfews are expected to be lifted.

More restrictions will be eased, such as allowing wedding ceremonies with some curbs, in the third stage of the reopening slated to begin in July.

In this phase, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to welcome customers until 11:45 p.m, but indoor dining will still be banned, Hurriyet reported.

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