Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca criticized consumers for flocking to shopping malls on May 11, the first day that they opened after nearly two months of COVID-19 closures.
Minister Koca noted that citizens mostly failed to adhere to social distancing to the point of forming lines outside of shopping malls, and that some were even seen without masks.
"Neither masks, nor social distancing are enough alone. All precautions must be adhered to," Koca tweeted. "The risk is ongoing. Let's stay home if we can."
Bugün, AVM önlerinde uzun kuyruklar, AVM kapılarında yığılmalar oluştu. Sosyal mesafe kuralına çoğunlukla uyulmadı. Maske takmayanlara bile rastlandı. Ne maske, ne sosyal mesafe, tek başına koruyucu değil. Tedbirler tam olmalı. Risk devam ediyor. Mecbur değilsek evde kalalım. pic.twitter.com/I9JvtJwECa— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) May 11, 2020
Minister Koca also shared a photograph of a queue outside a shopping mall, with the words "being too close will bring an early separation" written on it.
The minister had also criticized crowds on Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue a week prior.Health Minister criticizes citizens for flocking to İstiklal Avenue amid coronavirus pandemicTurkish gov’t agencies warn against laxness toward COVID-19 measures as businesses, malls reopen