ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s senior citizens were allowed to leave their homes for a second Sunday as the country continues to ease some coronavirus restrictions.
People above 65 —the age group most at risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms— could spend six hours outside on Sunday, but their lockdown on other days continues. The health minister urged them to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Turkey has instituted partial lockdowns with people above 65 and under 20, who are ordered to stay at home. The measure towards senior citizens came into force on March 21 and were relaxed for the first time last week.
Fifteen provinces, including Istanbul, are on the second day of a four-day lockdown. Senior citizens in crowded cities had the streets and parks to themselves.
Children and teenagers were also allowed out this week on different days for several hours.