Turkish Health Minister warns on first day of reopening: Being too close will bring an early separation
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca criticized consumers for flocking to shopping malls on the first day they would open after nearly two months of COVID-19 closures. While pointing to the lack of social distancing in a photograph that showed a queue outside one shopping mall Koca warned that "being too close will bring an early separation".
Turkey's main opposition CHP and the Future Party have criticized the government for prioritizing the reopening of shopping malls while keeping the parliament shut. Ahmet Davutoğlu, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, also asked why "Erdoğan is locking himself” at his residence in Istanbul if Turkey has overcome the pandemic to the extent that it can reopen the malls.