Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has urged the government to impose a city-wide curfew in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), citing the population of the city. "If 15 percent of the city's population go outside, that would mean 2.5 million people. The number corresponds to the population of some European cities," he said.
Istanbul Municipality has prepared informative videos on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Turkish, Kurdish, English, Persian and Arabic as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus. The videos are currently being screened on public transportation and displays.
Too many elderly Istanbulites still use public transportation, mayor warns amid coronavirus outbreak
On March 19, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoglu urged older residents to decrease their use of public transportation amid the coronavirus outbreak. “I would like to urge our older residents to please, please stay away from public places,” said Imamoğlu in a tweet.
Public transportation ridership is down by 10 percent in Istanbul in the last three days, the municipality announced on March 13. The number of passengers has reduced to around 6.73 million per day from 7.44 million amidst growing concern over the novel coronavirus, the municipality spokesperson announced.
Some 13 actors who were laid off from their jobs at the Istanbul Municipality City Theater were reinstated after three years and seven months. The actors were laid off during the state of emergency declared after the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in an attempt to cleanse state institutions of supporters of U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, Ankara's top suspect for the failed takeover.
Unknown assailants have broken hand sanitizer dispensers that were installed at metrobus stops by the Istanbul municipality amid coronavirus fears. The municipality spokesperson Ongun said the security video recordings were shared with the police to identify the assailants.
The Municipality of Istanbul (IBB) has purchased 60 vehicles of two different models to replace the horse-drawn carriages of the city's Princes Islands following a decision made in December 2019 to transition to wheeled electric vehicles. While 40 of the vehicles seat 13 people, the rest are four-seaters that will be used on-demand by residents who have a hard time navigating the sloping landscape.
The Istanbul Governor's Office has banned anti-war rhetoric, meetings and propaganda until March 10 to ensure "peace and safety in the city." The official statement from the governor's office said that such ideology could lead to public unrest amid the government's military operations in Idlib.
The Istanbul municipality is holding a design competition to reshape the city's iconic Taksim Square. The square at central Istanbul has lost its historic fabric after being turned into a concrete-covered place in recent years.
A contemporary amphitheater installed by Istanbul Municipality on the city's central Taksim Square is being taken down following a swift ruling by the regional conservation board. The Istanbul Second District Cultural Heritage Conservation Board ruled within two days of the installation of the structure that it be taken down, while it had allowed the Presidency's Communications Directorate to leave a tent up on the square for months.
Just two days after the installation of an exhibit in the central Taksim Square, a regional conservation board has ruled that the temporary “Meeting Point” structure erected by the main opposition Istanbul Municipality must be removed. The same cultural conservation board has ruled in favor of the construction of a mosque on the square, the demolition of the Atatürk Cultural Center, which is a cultural heritage site, and the opening up of parts of the central neighborhood to construction.