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Hoping to ease back to normalcy, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, cafes, and flights resume in Turkey. This follows weeks of closure that had been imposed due to the pandemic. By Bayar Jain

 

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As per a report by ReutersTurkey has begun easing its restrictions and major parts of the country have opened its doors again. This re-opening also allows citizens to head to parks, beaches, libraries, and museums should they wish to.

 

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Earlier, the country had barred all cafes and shops from functioning and had even clamped down on communal prayers at mosques in this religious nation for almost two months. However, government employees, public facilities, and factory workers were reportedly allowed to resume last month itself as the rise in new daily cases in the country saw a dip.

 

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The reopening of the Grand Bazaar, in particular, comes as a welcome relief to locals as well as shop owners. This iconic marketplace is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with over 4,000 shops twinkling here. With the lockdown, this area reportedly suffered a big blow due to the disruption of economic activities and lack of shoppers. The Turkish traditional-style lanterns at this 15th-century marketplace lay unlit, while the labyrinthine alleys remained barren.

 

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As per reports, domestic flights are slated to resume in Turkey as early as next week as well. Reports on TRTWorld – the state international news broadcaster – Turkey’s transport and infrastructure minister states that these domestic flights are in line with the normalisation plan. Airports will reportedly have to obtain proper certification on their health and safety measures before resuming services. Reports further state that social distancing, use of face masks and shields, and protective equipment for employees are all part of the plan. International flights, however, are reportedly going to stay suspended for now.

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