Turkey will be imposing partial curfews nationwide on the weekends when the high school and higher education entrance exams will be held in late June, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on June 18.
While the High School Entrance Exam (LGS) will be taking place on June 20, the Higher Education Entrance Exams will be held on June 27 and 28.
The curfew will be implemented between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 20 and 27, with exceptions, the Interior Ministry said. The lockdown will also be in effect on June 28 between 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.
While persons who have intercity bus tickets will be exempt from the curfew, small businesses like bakeries, super markets and bodegas will remain open too.
LGS ve YKS GÜNLERİNDE sağlanması gereken şartlar konusunda Bilim Kurulumuz tavsiye kararı aldı. Sınava gidiş ve dönüş saatlerinde dışarıda yoğunluk olmaması, GÜNÜN GENÇLERE AYRILMASI için Sn. Cumhurbaşkanımız sınırlı bir sokağa çıkma yasağı yönünde talimat verdiler. pic.twitter.com/9gC5c0OIKV— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) June 18, 2020
"Our president has ordered a partial curfew to avoid congestion before and after the exam, and to have the day RESERVED FOR THE YOUTH," Koca tweeted.
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