A Bolu court has cancelled an administrative fine imposed on a resident for not wearing a face mask, saying that basic rights and freedoms can be limited only with the law, and that there is no legislation requiring people to don masks. The court also noted that wearing a mask brings about a “financial burden,” which needs to be met by the state.
A jeweler in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş embroidered masks with gold. A local professional chamber chair said that they thought a regular mask created a visual disaccord in a wedding.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned against a rising number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care on July 5. The number of patients in intensive care spiked by 34 on July 5, reaching 1,127.
Turkey will be lifting a 20-percent customs tax on melt blown fabrics used for mask production. An executive order also removed customs taxes on 125 other intermediate products that aren't produced domestically.
Turkey's top religious authority banned hand contact during bargaining for animals on sale as sacrifices during Eid al-Adha.
Turkey's first mass event after the COVID-19 pandemic brought together 50 ambassadors and their families, press and businessmen together in Mediterranean Antalya's Aspendos Theater. The concert was performed by Turkey's seven tenors, accompanied by the Antalya Opera and Ballet's orchestra.
An Istanbul corn vendor puts a mask on his pet goat whenever they go outside to raise awareness about COVID-19. He said that most people congratulate him and that a police officer even told him he was proud of him.
As of June 17, the wearing of masks has become mandatory in all public areas in Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa. Those who do not abide by this rule will be imposed an administrative fine, said the authorities.
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) saved a seat for deputy Enis Berberoğlu, who was recently stripped of his title. A sheet that said Enis Kadri Berberoğlu, a pair of glasses and a pen, along with a copy of the Constitution lay at an empty seat during the CHP group meeting, held under social distancing measures.
Expert warns wrong use of masks could lead to second wave of COVID-19 infections in Turkey in only weeks
A Turkish professor noted that the faulty use of masks could lead to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Noting that many people fail to cover their nose and mouth with their mask, the doctor said that a potential second wave could arrive in the second half of June.
Turkey's flagship carrier Turkish Airlines' recovery from the COVID-19 pause in their operations can take up to five years, the board chairman said. The time of the flying cook is over, he added. THY will no longer offer food on domestic flights or international flights that are up to two hours long.
Pınar Öğünç writes: The pandemic has sent Turkish journalists, especially local ones, in a dire state. A journalist based in the the Black Sea town of Samsun says that they are expected to turn a blind eye to some events. "Those brave enough to write the news as it is are often treated as lepers. If they engage in criticism, no one will end up printing their work," he told me.
The provincial health boards in 10 Turkish cities mandated that citizens wear masks if they want to go outside. Meanwhile, three other provinces mandated masks in crowded public places.
Turkey's Trade Ministry had on March 4 subjected cloth mask exports to prior authorization. Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan announced on May 13 that the authorities removed this pre-approval requirement for Turkish suppliers to export face masks.
A Turkey-based NGO that works with seasonal farmers criticized a lack of precautionary measures in fields as harvest season starts in the country. Workers have reportedly complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, as well as crowded transportation to fields despite the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other passengers.