TURKEY

Turkey lifts confinement order for over-65s, under-18s

Turkey will remove confinement rules on people over 65 years old and those under 18, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday.

Around 7.5 million over-65s will now be able to go out every day from 10 am to 8 pm, Erdoğan said, relaxing a measure that had almost entirely forbidden them from going outside since March 21.

A similar prohibition imposed on under-18s on April 4 was also lifted, with the condition that young people still have to be with their parents when they are out, Erdoğan said.

Turkey has eased most of the restrictions brought in to stem the virus — from reopening restaurants to allowing mass prayers at mosques — but the Turkish leader warned citizens must still wear masks outside and keep social distancing.

“We need to get ourselves used to the reality that the new normal will continue for a while more,” he said.

Erdoğan said cinemas and theatres would reopen from July 1.

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