Turkey's Live Music and Entertainment Sector Association (TESDER) released a statement on July 27 urging COVID-19 vaccinations to become mandatory for all indoor events.
Entertainment venues have been following the pandemic regulations very diligently, TESDER said, adding that music and entertainment business owners have been greatly harmed both financially and mentally during this period.
"Restrictions imposed on our industry were not enforced in spaces like hotels, malls, wedding venues and congresses," TESDER said.
"This prevented the country from reaching a significant result [in terms of curbing the COVID-19 infections]," it said.
Data has shown a significant portion of the population who are against vaccinations, the association noted, adding that the treatment is in fact a necessity of public health.
"We think it's right to mandate vaccinations in closed spaces and events held in closed spaces, as it's the biggest weapon in hindering the pandemic," TESDER said.
The vaccination mandate should be enforced not just in music and entertainment venues, but also in eateries and touristic venues, as well as sales businesses and events, the association added.
Recently, restaurant industry representatives made a similar statement that encouraged a double-vaccination mandate for entry into their businesses.