The governor's offices of Istanbul and Ankara have banned send-off celebrations for conscripts on the grounds that they pose a risk in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Media outlets have been recently showing people in these informal ceremonies flouting the social distancing rules.
Turkey’s health minister warns against crowded military service send-off celebrations amid spike in virus cases
Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has once again said that society is not careful enough in complying with the coronavirus measures, giving the example of crowded send-off celebrations held for newly recruited soldiers. “Who would want their friend to start their national service having been diagnosed positive [for COVID-19]?” Koca wrote on Twitter, as Turkey registered 16 new deaths and 1,293 new infections from the virus on June 30.