25 Eylül 2020, Cuma

Turkey’s Normalization Plan as Covid-19 management

A schedule for normalization has been set in Turkey after AKP chair & President Erdoğan announced relaxation of measures last week. The schedule extends until September, removing measures each month.

According to the plans published on Karar Newspaper, there are a set of measures being declared for the next three months, relaxing based on a schedule covering opening of schools to mosques and limits for age groups.

VICE PRESIDENT SETTING THE SCHEDULE

According to the normalization plan that has been set by the Vice President Fuat Oktay, last step will be to open mosques for mass prayer in September.

MEASURES IN ACCORDANCE WITH CASES

The normalization plan foresees a dynamic application based on how the management of positive cases and the virus is handled in Turkey and other countries.

In the plan measures on age group restrictions, closing of schools, ban on mass prayers are planned to be ended depending on the agenda.

MAY 2020

As of May 27 restrictions on age groups of below 20 and over 65 is expected to be lifted.

Furthermore, as of May 27 travel restrictions for 13 more provinces is planned to be lifted as well for Kayseri, Aydın, Antalya, Muğla, Mersin, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Erzurum, Van, Diyarbakır, Ordu, Trabzon.

Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior determined standards for opening shops as of May 11 for textile, clothing, marketplaces etc.

Declaration of exam dates for open universities, on May 15.

Starting from May 5, citizens can apply for new ID cards, passports, driver licenses.
Professional trainings offered by ministries as of May 20.

Starting from May 20, administrative leave and flexible working hours permission given to public employees will be taken under consideration again.

Psychosocial support mechanism to be initiated to give support to citizens in face-to-face, telephone and online meetings as of May 27, to reduce the psychological impact of the pandemic in short and medium term.

Trainings to be given to pilgrim-candidates, as of May 27 after consultations to Saudi Arabia and relevant international institutions regarding pilgrimage.

JUNE 2020

Inspections will be conducted for work-places that have not yet completed their Work Safety & Health as of June 1.

Gradual reducing of the number of Pandemic Hospitals starting from June 1.

Gradual normalization of all hospitals starting from June 1 and admission of regular patients.

Gradual lifting of pandemic measures in hospitals starting from June 1.

Opening of low-density pre-school training for families of working parents as of June 1.

Opening of private daycare and pre-school clubs as of June 1.

Tea-houses, association cafes, swimming pools, spas and sports centers will be opened as of June 1.

Open air museums will be opened starting from June 1.

Marriage halls will be allowed to operate as of June 1 on the condition that only 25% of its capacity is used.

Starting from June 1, weekend curfew application will also be lifted.

20.000 new teachers will be appointed as of June 1.

Trainings for driver’s license to start again as of June 1.

Allowing Friday Prayer outside of mosques in the yards as of June 12.

Mass prayers with application of social distance measures in mosques and masjids as of June 12.

National Defense University’s Military Student exam to be held on June 14.

Universities return to normal academic calendar as of June 15.

Face-to-face exams for university students as of June 15.

Picnic areas will also be opened as of June 15.

International travel will be allowed for land borders as of June 15, only with the countries where the pandemic is under control.

Opening of student dormitories for students’ use as of June 15.

High-school entrance exam to be held on June 20.

Scholarship exam to be held on June 21.

University entrance exam to be held on June 27-28.

Half time employment measures will be ended as of June 30.

JULY 2020

Allowing vacation time for healthcare workers which had been suspended, after July 1.

Appointment & change of places for healthcare workers to be allowed again after July 1.

Wedding halls, cinema & theatre houses, expo centers are planned to be opened as of July 1.

New admissions to elderly houses will start again starting from July 1.

Restrictions on visits to orphanages will be lifted gradually per city, starting from July 1.

Starting from July 1, insurance & social security premium payments as well as VAT and brief tax declarations will be made in accordance with regular practice.

Up to 10 days of doctor’s reports by single physician will be allowed as of July 1.

Pay-backs to be gathered from those who benefited from student loans, starting from July 1.

Allowing education guidance for students who have taken a placement exam for universities or high schools, as of July 15.

As of July 6, ban on lay offs will be lifted as of July 17.

Applications on authorization, collective work agreement, strike, lock-out will be applied as prior to Covid-19 pandemic, starting from July 17.

AUGUST 2020

Publication of “Covid-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Family Relations Research” on August 1.

As of August 1, social security inspections will start again.

Moreover, Professional Training Courses will be re-opened on August 1 too.

Gradual relaxation of quarantine applications per city starting from August 10.

Starting of educational year on August 24 to compensate for the lost time of previous educational period.

Opening of Quranic Schools on August 24.

SEPTEMBER 2020

As of September 1, NGO dormitories will be opened again.

Starting from September 1, preparations for Umrah Pilgrimage visits to Saudi Arabia will be planned.

On September 30, Quranic Schools will be opened to start one-on-one trainings if necessary physical conditions apply,.

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