REVISED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS/MEASURES (23.10.2021)

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH                                                                        

Decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee meeting under the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018

  • Criminal proceedings will be launched in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018 in the case of non-compliance with the rules decided by the Communicable Diseases High Committee and listed below.
  • The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the Police General Directorate.

WEEKLY COVID-19 DATA TABLES (20.10.2021)

 

COMPARISON TABLE

 

12.10.2021

19.10.2021

Change

Total number of cases

562

723

28.65%

Number of local cases

459

506

10.24%

Became positive in quarantine

72

192

166.67%

Cases from abroad

25

25

0.00%

Number of cases per 100,000

147.12

189.27

28.65%

Local cases per 100,000

119.89

132.17

10.24%

Number of tests

132,526

134,247

1.30%

Test positivity rate

0.42%

0.54%

28.57%

Being treated in hospital

38

34

-10.53%

Being treated in intensive care

9

8

-11.11%

Intensive care rate

0.96%

0.68%

-29.17%

Number of active cases

938

1,183

26.12%

Number of cases who passed away

2

1

-50.00%

 

 

 

 

 

AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAILY CASES PER 100,000 BY DISTRICT

 

12.10.2021

19.10.2021

Change

TRNC GENERAL

21.0

27.0

28.57%

LEFKOŞA

21.8

31.3

43.58%

GAZİMAĞUSA

19.6

30.1

53.57%

GİRNE

22.3

19.5

-12.56%

İSKELE

25.6

33.0

28.91%

GÜZELYURT

2.4

10.7

345.83%

LEFKE

10.2

3.1

-69.61%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECISIONS

 

  1. Everyone who will enter our country via air-sea routes and from outside the island using the land border crossings will fill in the TRNC PASSENGER ENTRY FORM at the address adapass.gov.ct.tr before travel. After filling in the TRNC passenger form, people will be able to fast track through Police Immigration if they obtain a printout of the form.

 

It is mandatory for passengers coming from the EU, the United Kingdom, and Turkey to upload the QR codes of their documents to the “PCR TEST” and “VACCINE CERTIFICATE” submit section of the TRNC Passenger Entry Form. As the documents to be uploaded may be checked upon entry to the country, they should be brought with you.

 

NOTE: The QR codes of the necessary documents on the TRNC Passenger Entry Form must be registered with the cameras on tablets/personal mobile phones.

This practice will be mandatory for those aged 18 and over.

  1. A) COUNTRY COLOURS

The entry criteria to the country from overseas will be as stated below. The country colours stated in the criteria will be updated every week.

  • The latest table regarding country colour codes and entry criteria will take effect from the first Monday after they have been published by our committee.

1 B) RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

DARK RED;

  • People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
  • TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
  • People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student (including their spouse and children) will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
  • Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.
  • Workers who will be brought to the country with preliminary permission by business owners will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.

RED;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 7 days quarantine
  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 10 days quarantine.

 

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

 

ORANGE;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • Quarantine-free entry
  • If people come to our country without submitting a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours, PCR/Antigen tests will be performed on these people upon entry to the country.
  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 5 days quarantine.

 

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates on unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

GREEN;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • No restrictions.
  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry.

Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

1 C) GENERAL RULES;

 

  • VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.
    • SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
    • BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
    • SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
    • COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
    • VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
    • SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
    • MODERNA: 2 DOSES

 

  • People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
  • People who have had the Covid-19 disease and received 1 dose of vaccine will be considered as vaccinated.

 

  • People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.

 

  • Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).

 

  • Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.

INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES

  1. Based on the results of the epidemiological assessment within the island, Level 2 rules will be applied at the crossings.

 

  • Level 1 : No tests, no restrictions (A total of 0-74/100,000 people in 14 days)
  • Level 2 : No tests for vaccinated people, negative Antigen or PCR test once every 72 hours for unvaccinated people (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)

Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.

  • Level 3 : Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).

Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.

However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)

 

*People requesting to come to our country from Orange-Green Colour Category Countries via South Cyprus will be processed according to the country entry criteria stated above in “1 B”. However, VACCINATED PEOPLE who will come to our country from Orange Colour Category countries who cannot submit a 72-hour PCR test, will be able to enter our country on the condition that they have a Covid-19 test at the land border gates.

*People coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.

* The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.

* On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative PCR/antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours.

ADA (ISLAND) PASS / STAY SAFE

  1. The Adapass check for people who will enter venues/activities/sectors/events will be used in all districts.

 

After registering at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.

 

Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.

 

Note: Sectors not mentioned below can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr address.

 

THE VACCINE AND PCR CRITERIA OF PEOPLE WHO WILL ENTER VENUES/SECTORS/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT WILL BE CHECKED WITH THE ADAPASS SYSTEM ARE STATED IN THE TABLE BELOW.

 

VACCINATED: NO TEST                                                                           UNVACCINATED: 72 HOUR PCR/ANTIGEN

VACCINATED: 14 DAY PCR/ANTIGEN                                                             UNVACCINATED: NO ENTRY

AdaPass TIER 1

AdaPass TIER II

RESTAURANTS, TAVERNS, PATISERRIES, CAFES

HOTELS

CASINOS

BARBER SHOPS/HAIRDRESSERS, BEAUTY SALONS

BOXING / WRESTLING TRAINING

BARS/ CLUBS

PLACES OF WORSHIP

OUTDOOR TEAM SPORTS AREAS

INDOOR FITNESS HALLS

INTERNET CAFES

YOUTH CAMPS

STADIUMS

BETTING SHOPS

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS

INDOOR TEAM SPORTS AREAS

COFFEE SHOPS/COFFEE HOUSES

CONGRESSES

NIGHT CLUBS

SWIMMING POOLS

STATE OFFICES

 

SUPERMARKETS/ SHOPPING CENTRES

CINEMAS

 

RETAIL STORES

OFFICES

 

BANKS

WEDDINGS ( WITH FOOD-COCKTAIL)

 

CONCERTS / THEATRES / EXHIBITIONS

GROUP DANCES / CEREMONIES / MUSIC

 

 

 

 

  • The Adapass check is mandatory for those aged 18 and above and should be done with an ID card
  • There must be a responsible person at the entrances of the venues/activities/sectors/events specified above with the aim of actively performing Adpass checks

 

 

  • People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

 

People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

 

People who do not comply with the above rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.

 

People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.

 

  1. People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 21 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

 

TABLE: TESTS THAT SECTOR WORKERS MUST HAVE

ANTIGEN TEST

(VACCINATED ONCE EVERY 21 DAYS)

(UNVACCINATED ONCE EVERY 7 DAYS)

HOTEL STAFF

MARKETS / STORE STAFF AND SUPPLIERS

CASINO STAFF

BARBER / HAIRDRESSER/BEAUTY PARLOUR/TATTOO SHOP STAFF

MUSICIANS

RESTAURANT STAFF

BAR / CLUB STAFF

CAFÉ STAFF

CINEMA STAFF

TAVERN STAFF

THOSE WHO DO TEAM SPORTS

PATISSERIE STAFF

THOSE WHO DO SWIMMING SPORTS

COFFEE SHOP / COFFEE HOUSE STAFF

INDOOR SPORTS HALL STAFF

BANK STAFF

INDOOR CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA STAFF

PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

ENTERTAINMENT/CONCERTS AND SIMILAR EVENT STAFF

OFFICE WORKERS

NIGHT CLUB STAFF

INTERNET CAFÉ STAFF

CARE HOME STAFF

BETTING SHOP STAFF

SEA / CRUISE BOAT WORKERS

BOXING, WRESTLING, CLOSE COMBAT SPORTSPEOPLE

THOSE WHO STAY IN WORKER ACCOMMODATION / LODGINGS

BEACH/POOL STAFF

PRODUCTION / FACTORY STAFF

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT STAFF

 

STAFF AT PLACES OF WORSHIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: School staff and special education staff will continue to repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

  1. One person per 3m2 will be allowed in indoor areas in all businesses. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. Hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits. It is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures. As for outdoor areas, people will be received so that there is one person per 2m2. It is mandatory to wear masks and comply with the social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas.
     
  2. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person as stated in Annex 3 will be subject to quarantine. If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3. People who are not recorded as a contact in the Contact Tracing Team database will not be legally accepted as a contact and thus an official document stating that they are a contact will not be issued to such people.

Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.

 

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION RULES

  1. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.

 

Each school is responsible for setting up a “School Pandemic Committee”. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

 

A) Transportation

- Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.

- Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.

- Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.

- School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.

- Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.

- Transportation companies and pandemic committees will be responsible for implementing these rules

 

B) Mask

- It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.

- Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.

- Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.

- Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.

 

C) Entry-Exit

- Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.

 

D) The classroom

–Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.

- Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).

- Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.

- Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.

 

E) Disinfection

- Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.

- Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).

- The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.

- Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.

 

F) Break times

- Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.

- The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.

- Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.

 

G) Common Use Areas

- Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.

- Masks will always be worn in the teachers' room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.

- The teachers' room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.

- School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.

 

H) Events

- If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.

 

I) Illness

-.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.

 

J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact

- The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.

 

K) Tests

- People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated (for screening purposes), and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.

- Screening tests are not mandatory for primary and pre-school students. However, an antigen test will be requested from a parent who lives in the same home as these students once every 21 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

- Students from the 6th grade onwards (6th grade classes included) will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

- Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.

 

Apprentices will be also be subject to the rules applied in the workplace where they will receive their education.

 

  1. Higher Education Institutions will be opened within the framework of the plan and programme to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

 

Higher Education Institutions will set up Pandemic Commissions. These commissions, provided that they take into account the mask, distance and hygiene rules, will create and implement pandemic action plans within the framework of the criteria determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry.

 

People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in quarantine.

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:

 

- Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.

 

- Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,

 

- Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,

 

- Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules

 

- Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

 

  1. Schools’ Positive Case and Contact Protocol

 

  • Symptoms must be checked before leaving home, boarding a bus and entering school. Those who show symptoms (teachers, workers or students) will be not be allowed into schools. They will be directed to take a test.
  • If a student in the class shows symptoms, the student will be directed to take a test. If their test result is negative, they will return to school.
  • If the student’s test result is positive; all students in the class and teachers who have entered that class are sent home on the same day if possible, or on the next day, to have PCR test screening, and are sent home to be isolated at home until their test result comes out. The school pandemic board will forward the class list to its contact team
  • School pandemic committees, administrators and headteachers are not authorised to close classrooms.
  • If the PCR tests of 3 or more people from the same class are positive as a result of the screening in the classroom, the rest of the class will be considered close contacts and will be isolated at home for 7 days if vaccinated, 10 days if not vaccinated. Students will continue with their education in the form of distance education for the period they are close contacts.
  • Students will be able to return to school with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 7-10 day isolation period. During this process, people cannot individually decide whether they are close or distant contacts. The Ministry of Health's CONTACT TRACKING UNIT will decide on close contact or contact, and this will be reported to the class through the school administration or the school pandemic committee in line with the decision to be given.
  • If at the end of the screening fewer than 3 people in the class have a positive PCR, the positive people and the close contacts determined by the Contact Tracking Unit will be sent to isolation and the rest of the class will continue their education at school by wearing masks and not coming into contact with other classes.
  • If a teacher's PCR test is positive, the close contacts determined by the Contact Tracking Unit will be directed to take a PCR test.
  • Contacts showing symptoms of Covid-19 during isolation will report the situation to 1102.

 

 

SPORT

                     

  1. Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1. It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

 

  1. Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Only vaccinated people will be allowed into indoor sports halls (gyms). Staff are required to wear masks at all times.

 

 

  1. For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, a maximum of one-third of the area will be used.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

  1. Passengers will not be allowed to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis with “T permits”, touristic minibuses and permitted similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty.

Vaccinated people (including those who have had their first dose but whose time for their second dose has not yet come) aged 12 and over who use public transport will present their Adapass/vaccine card before travelling. Unvaccinated people will present a PCR/antigen test from the last 72 hours.

 

Vehicles must be ventilated during and after journeys. The driver and passengers in the vehicle will wear masks. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.

 

 

  1. It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 350 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

 

Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in Decision 1.

 

  1. If the test period of double-vaccinated flight crew members on duty on planes who come to our country by air exceeds 72 hours, then they will be able to enter on the condition that their antigen tests to be performed at the airport are negative.

 

TOURISM                                                                                                         

 

  1. People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.

 

  1. People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted.

 

SECTORS

 

  1. A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.

 

  1. The bistro tables of bars and clubs will be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2, and one person per 3m2 for indoor areas. Unvaccinated people will not be allowed in.
     
  2. People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.

 

  1. One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

 

  1. People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from. Unvaccinated people will not be allowed into night clubs.

 

  1. People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS

 

  1. If engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties are held outdoors then guests will be accepted so that there is one person per 2m2, and if they are held indoors one person per 3m2.

 

  • The ceremony owners and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.

 

  • Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery - money will be deposited into a chest. Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed.
  1. People will be allowed into group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, demonstrations, rallies, tombola, congresses, and similar shows and events so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas. The number of people determined that can be in the area at any one time will be allowed in.

 

  1. People will be allowed into cinemas, indoor concerts and theatres on the basis that half of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums.  People working in these sectors must wear masks.

 

OTHER

 

  1. Mass worshipping will be held in accordance with social distancing, mask and hygiene rules and using a maximum of one-third of the indoor area to be worshipped in.

 

  1. Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.

 

  1. Road Map To Be Followed In Our Country Against The Covid-19 Pandemic

 

COVID-19 Activity Risks

Low risk activities

  • Accommodation in a hotel or holiday home in a rural area
  • Walking, jogging or cycling with others
  • Playing non-contact sports (such as golf or tennis)
  • Camping in accordance with the physical distancing rule
  • Outdoor barbecues in accordance with the physical distancing rule (fewer than 10 people)
  • Receiving a takeaway delivery from a restaurant
  • Grocery shopping
  • Going to a doctor’s clinic (with adequate ventilation and physical distancing)

Medium  risk activities           

  • Air (plane) travel
  • Going to the beach while following social distancing rules
  • Bus travel (with adequate ventilation and social distancing)
  • Going to amusement parks (outdoors)
  • Children's play areas (outdoors
  • Swimming in a public pool while following appropriate distancing rules
  • Playing low-contact sports (volleyball, etc.)
  • Participating in an outdoor social programme with family and friends
  • Meals with fewer than 10 people in accordance with physical distancing rules
  • Going to a restaurant/tavern/cafe/patisserie with an outdoor section, in accordance with the rules of physical distancing
  • Going to a hairdresser/barber and beauty parlours
  • Yacht cruises (outdoors)
  • Going to museums, libraries and exhibitions
  • Going to shopping centres
  • Working in an indoor office environment, while following social distancing and hygiene rules
  • Going to school or university
  • Factory/manufacturing
  • Weddings, engagements or other ceremonies (where social distancing and hygiene rules are applied)

High risk activities

  • Going to the gym
  • Eating indoors at a restaurant
  • Playing sports with high or full contact (football, basketball, etc.)
  • Going to nightclubs
  • Staying in a dormitory/lodgings, construction site, nursing home for the elderly
  • Going to casinos
  • Indoor games halls
  • Attending mass prayers in a house of worship
  • Going to big concert venues
  • Attending an event at a sports stadium
  • Places that serve open buffet meals (indoors)
  • Going to a bar/club/disco
  • Going to the cinema
  • Betting shops/Internet cafes
  • Massage/spa salons

 

Average number of daily cases per 100k people

Workplace workers

Those who will perform the activity

Green (<1)

  • Testing of people who fit the case definition
  • Testing of people who fit the case definition

Yellow (1-9)

  • Weekly PCR/antigen screening of high-risk activity workplaces
  • Weekly PCR/antigen screening in medium-risk activity workplaces
  • PCR/antigen screening in low-risk activity workplaces once every two weeks
  • Testing of people who fit the case definition

Orange(10-24)

  • Weekly PCR/antigen screening of high-risk activity workplaces
  • Weekly PCR/antigen screening in medium-risk activity workplaces
  • PCR/antigen screening in low-risk activity workplaces once every two weeks
  • PCR or antigen test from the last 72 hours for unvaccinated individuals.

Red (25-34)

  • Closure of high-risk activity workplaces (except places that must stay open, such as nursing homes for the elderly, lodgings, dormitories, etc.).
  • Closure and weekly PCR/antigen screening in medium-risk activity workplaces, if deemed necessary in line with local epidemiological data.
  • PCR/antigen screening in low-risk activity workplaces
  • Closure of high risk activities.
  • PCR test or antigen test from the last 72 hours days for medium-risk activities for unvaccinated individuals

Dark Red (35 and above and/or when the capacity of the hospital is reached)

  • Complete shutdown (except for emergency needs)
  • Complete shutdown (except for emergency needs)

*The specified criteria may vary according to the general situation of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the world, the spread of the variants, the course in our country and the vaccination rate of the country.
 

Annex 1

Rules to be Followed in Outdoor Swimming Pools

 

  • It should be ensured that the chlorine level and pH of the pool water comply with the levels specified in the "Regulation on Health Principles Subject to Swimming Pools", and that they are measured and recorded periodically. It is recommended that pools are chlorinated to the highest possible value.
  • Checks should be made to keep chlorine levels at an appropriate value during hours of high temperature when the chlorine level is likely to drop.
  • Those with symptoms such as a cough, runny nose and shortness of breath when entering the pool area cannot use the pool.
  • A member of staff must be assigned responsibility for the operation of the pool.
  • The capacity of the pool area is determined as one person per 5 square metres.
  • The social distance in the pool area is 1.5 metres. The distance between loungers and sunbeds should also be at least 1.5 metres.
  • In order to prevent overcrowding in these areas, the pool capacity information is hung at the entrance of the area. A simple warning/barrier is placed to prevent entry.
  • People must wear masks at the entrances of the facility. Facility employees will always wear masks.
  • The hand hygiene of each guest must be ensured at the entrance of the pool. Hand sanitiser is kept at the entrance of the pool and in suitable places.
  • Social distancing rules are followed. People from the same family can stay together.
  • Before entering the swimming pool, users must take a shower, and disinfect their hands and feet.
  • Do not stay in pools for a long time as this will increase the risk of Covid-19 contact.
  • No fabric cushion pads are to be used on sun loungers. If washable/wipeable cushion pads are used, they are cleaned after each guest usage.
  • Social distancing is taken into consideration when using changing cabins. Cabins are cleaned after each use.
  • People should be encouraged to bring/use their own beach towels. Towels are provided to guests who do not bring their own in bags or by a staff member. Towels and similar textile products are washed at at least 60 degrees.
  • When touching plastic and steel surfaces in these areas, the face, eyes, mouth and nose are not to be touched. When touched, hands are to be washed with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
  • Disinfection of pools and microbiological quality tests are carried out regularly in accordance with the legislation.
  • Group activities, exercise, diving lessons and similar activities in pools are not allowed.
  • Items such as goggles, snorkels and fins are not to be shared. Drinks cabinets and seats must be cleaned and disinfected frequently. In addition, hand sanitiser is to be kept easily accessible.
  • If cafe and restaurant services are provided, they operate according to the previously determined rules regarding these sectors.
  • As it will be difficult for children to maintain social distancing, these areas are used under parental supervision.
  • General cleaning of these areas is to be done regularly with water and detergent every day. Sweeping or high-pressure water or chemical spraying that creates dust is not allowed.
  • The entrance doors to toilet areas should be changed into automatic door systems. If this is not possible, the handles of the entrance doors to the toilet area are to be frequently disinfected.
  • The floors of toilets, toilet bowls, urinals, sinks, taps and tap heads, and door handles are to be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • Posters on hand hygiene and hand washing are to be hung in the toilet entrances.
  • The cleaning hours of toilets and sinks must be recorded and posted visibly.
  • There should always be liquid soap, toilet paper and paper towels kept in toilets. Air hand dryers are not to be used.
     

Annex 2

Rules to be Followed at Beaches

 

  • People must wear a mask when entering the beach and bathing areas. Facility employees will always wear masks.
  • At least one member of staff responsible for the entire operation of the beach and bathing area is always available.
  • It is mandatory for every guest to ensure hand hygiene when entering the beach. Hand sanitiser is available at the beach entrance and in suitable places.
  • Staff with symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, and shortness of breath, and case-contact personnel cannot be put to work. Guests showing these symptoms cannot use the beach and bathing areas.
  • Measures are to be taken to ensure social distancing between people is at least 1.5 meters in the beach and bathing area.
  • The distance between sunbeds is set at at least 1.5 metres. The distance between parasols is arranged in accordance with the distance between the sunbeds.
  • The capacity of the beach and bathing area is determined as one person per 5 square metres.
  • Cabanas are arranged in accordance with social distancing rules. The capacity is determined as one person per 2 square metres in the cabana areas.
  • Social distancing rules are followed. People in the same family or guests staying in the same room in hotels can stay together.
  • In order to prevent overcrowding in the beach area, its capacity is determined according to social distancing and size. Capacity information is posted at the beach entrance. Measures are taken to prevent more guests than the capacity from using the area.
  • No fabric cushion pads are to be used on sun loungers. If washable/wipeable cushion pads are used, they are to be cleaned after each guest usage.
  • Social distancing is taken into consideration when using changing cabins. Cabins are cleaned after each use.
  • People should be encouraged to bring/use their own beach towels. Towels are provided to guests who do not bring their own, in bags or by a staff member. Towels and similar textile products are washed at least 60 degrees.
  • Drinks cabinets and seats are cleaned and disinfected frequently. In addition, hand sanitiser is kept easily accessible.
  • If cafe and restaurant services are provided, they operate according to the previously determined rules regarding these sectors.
  • Group activities are not held. Water sports activities can be done individually or as a family with spouses and children. Those staying in the same room can do sports together, provided that the reservation and follow-up is made through the room number in the hotels.
  • After sports equipment and vehicles have been used, all kinds of materials and equipment should be cleaned with water and detergent, and frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected.
  • Boats used for paragliding and similar individual water sports are used at half capacity, including staff.
  • Tanks, balance vests, life jackets and similar equipment used in underwater and above-water sports activities for tourism purposes are only used by one person during the activity and disinfected after use.
  • The entrance doors to toilet areas should be changed into automatic door systems. If this is not possible, the handles of the entrance doors to the toilet area are to be frequently disinfected.
  • The floors of toilets, toilet bowls, urinals, sinks, taps and tap heads, and door handles are to be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • Posters on hand hygiene and hand washing are to be hung in the toilet entrances.
  • The cleaning hours of toilets and sinks must be recorded and posted visibly.
  • There should always be liquid soap, toilet paper and paper towels kept in toilets. Air hand dryers are not to be used.

 

 

 

 

Annex 3 CONTACT EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

Close Contact (High Risk)

 

People who have had contact with a COVID-19 patient without taking protective measures (without a mask or improper use of a mask) are considered high-risk contacts in the situations below. People who have been with the COVID-19 patient within the two-day period before the onset of symptoms or, if the patient is asymptomatic, within the two-day period before the COVID-19 positive diagnosis date, are considered close contacts.

 

  • People living in the same house as a COVID-19 patient,
  • People providing direct care to a COVID-19 patient,
  • People who have been face-to-face (talking, eating/drinking, etc.) with a COVID-19 patient for more than 15 minutes in one go, at a distance of less than 2 metres,
  • People who are face-to-face (talking, eating/drinking, etc.) for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period (for example, three separate periods of 5 minutes or more in total in one day) at a distance of less than 2 metres from a COVID-19 patient,
  • Those who live in the same room in a house/dormitory as a COVID-19 patient,
  • Students and teachers sharing the same classroom as a student/teacher with COVID-19,
  • People who have been in physical contact with a COVID-19 patient (e.g. kissing, embracing, hugging, etc.),
  • People who have been in unprotected contact with the secretions (saliva, sputum, etc.) of a COVID-19 patient or in situations such as a sneezing-coughing of a COVID-19 patient,
  • People who have been in the same indoor environment as a COVID-19 patient for more than 15 minutes, regardless of the 2-metre distance rule (people who work in the same office with the COVID-19 patient, people sharing the same room in a dormitory or hotel, people traveling in the same vehicle, etc.) ,
  • Passengers traveling on the same plane with a COVID-19 patient from sitting in the two seats in front, the two behind, and the two behind (if the person is sitting by the aisle, the closest people sitting in the front and rear diagonal seats are also regarded as contacts).

 

 

Close contacts stay in quarantine for 7 days if they are vaccinated, and 10 days if they are unvaccinated, based on the last contact date. The last contact date of close contacts is considered as day 0. If COVID-19 symptoms develop in close contacts during the follow-up period, samples are taken by the filiation teams. A control PCR is performed on the 7th day if vaccinated and on the 10th day if unvaccinated for close contacts and those who do not develop symptoms during the follow-up period. The quarantine of close contacts is terminated based on the negative test result of the 7th and 10th days.
 

Remote Contact (Low Risk)

People who have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient while taking protective measures (by wearing a mask that covers the mouth and nose) are considered low-risk contacts in the situations below.

 

  • People who have been wearing a mask for more than 15 minutes in the same well-ventilated indoor environment as a COVID-19 patient,
  • Students and teachers sharing the same classroom with a student/teacher with COVID-19,
  • People without a mask who have been with a COVID-19 patient in the same indoor environment for less than 15 minutes and more than 2 metres away.

These people are informed that they should continue to work with a mask and monitor themselves for 7 days in terms of COVID-19 symptoms. These people are asked to have a PCR done on the 7th day from the last contact date.

 

Contact Home Quarantine Criteria

  1. In order to implement home quarantine, there must be a separate room, toilet and bathroom belonging to the person in such a way that there is no contact with other individuals in the house (residences, dormitories, lodgings, etc.). Otherwise, other non-contact individuals must stay in another residence.

In cases where these conditions are not met, the contact person is placed in hotel quarantine.

  1. Quarantine is not allowed in the same home if there is an individual living in the home who is > 65 years old and/or has risk factors that may cause severe Covid-19.
  2. People living in communal areas (lodgings, dormitories, barracks, etc.) and who have to use common areas cannot be included in the home quarantine scheme. Home quarantine is applied in institutions that can fulfil the conditions in point 1.

In cases where these conditions are not met, the contact person is placed in hotel quarantine.

  1. If there is more than one contact person living in the same home, home quarantine is applied in homes that meet the conditions in article 1. If the conditions of the home do not comply with article 1, then home quarantine is applied if individuals have the opportunity to stay in a separate home.

In cases where these conditions are not met, the contact person is placed in hotel quarantine.

  1. If contact person is under 18 years of age, home quarantine is applied accompanied by a parent and if the conditions in point 1 can be fulfilled. If the conditions of the home do not comply with point 1, then home quarantine is applied if individuals have the opportunity to stay in a separate home.

In cases where both of these conditions are not met, the contact person is placed in hotel quarantine with a parent.

  1. Home quarantine is applied for a contact who is dependent on someone else's care.

The person who will provide their care will try to meet the conditions in the point 1. The caregiver must also comply with home quarantine rules. They cannot accept visitors to the home.

  1. Hotel quarantine is applied to people who do not wear wristbands in the wristband application or who cannot wear wristbands for any reason.

 

Home quarantine means the contacts live without leaving the home and without coming into contact with other people in the home. Home quarantine begins when the first PCR test result after the last contact date is negative. It ends for vaccinated people when the PCR test taken on the 7th day after the last contact date is negative, and on the 10th day after the last contact date is negative for unvaccinated people. The day after the last contact date is considered the first day.

 

** An important reason for quarantine is that you may be infected, even though you show no symptoms of disease.

 

A person who does not know that are ill or has caught the virus without feeling any symptoms, can transmit the disease to others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the disease.

 

 

Things to consider during home quarantine;

 

  1. Quarantine covers the 10 days after the last contact date. Home quarantine is 7 days for people who are double vaccinated and who had the second dose of vaccination more than 14 days ago.
  2. Absolutely no visitors are allowed in the home. Family members are not to enter the room where the contact person is.
  3. To increase air circulation, the room is to be ventilated by opening a window for at least 15 minutes occasionally.
  4. If possible, plates, spoons, forks, etc. that will be used by the contact person should be disposable. If this is not possible, they should be washed in a dishwasher or with gloves at high temperatures.
  5. The textile used by the contact person such as clothes, towels and sheets are to be washed with detergent at 60-90°C.
  6. If the contact person has a positive COVID-19 test, the areas where the person is located are to be disinfected. The disinfection is to be done with 1% diluted bleach (1 small tea glass of bleach into 10 litres of water).
  7. The contact person should call 1102 and provide information inform when they feel any symptoms (fever, cough, weakness, headache, etc.).

Annex 4 HOME ISOLATION OF COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENTS

 

Required home conditions

 

  1. For home quarantine to be applied to positive people, there must be a separate room, toilet and bathroom belonging to the person in a way that there will be no contact with other individuals in the home (house, dormitory, lodgings, etc).
  2. A Covid-19 positive person placed in home quarantine will be monitored with a wristband. They cannot leave the home during quarantine (they can only leave in the case of an emergency, with the knowledge of the quarantine centre). Otherwise the other individuals must stay in another residence.
  3. Absolutely no visitors are allowed into a home where a Covid-19 positive person has been placed in quarantine.

 

 

HOW THE PROCESS WILL WORK

 

1- A person is called by Ministry of Health personnel and informed that their test is positive.

 

2- They are told they should not go to another test centre to repeat the test, and not increase transmission.

 

3- They will come to the Pandemic Hospital at the time they are told, where they will be assessed and a decision that they will be monitored at home or in hospital will be made accordingly. Details are obtained about their close contacts at home, work and in social activities.

 

4- If it is decided that the person should be monitored at home as a result of the assessment made at the hospital, a wristband is fitted to the patient and they are sent to their home. They are informed of a telephone number to be contacted if they are any problems.

 

5- On the 10th day of home monitoring, patients are given an appointment and a PCR check is performed. If the test result is negative, home quarantine is ended or if it is positive, the test is repeated 3 days later.

 

6-If a positive person has shortness of breath, chest pain and an increase in existing symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, headache, etc.) they should provide information by calling 1102.

 

Note If a Covid-19 positive person has not entered quarantine alone because they are a child or in need of care, or for a similar reason, when the patient's test becomes negative, a PCR test is also performed on the carer. If the carer's test is negative, the carer is then placed in contact quarantine for 10 days.