REVISED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS/MEASURES (15.07.2021)

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
 

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

                                                                                                                 

WEEKLY COVID-19 DATA TABLES (14.07.2021)

COMPARISON TABLE

 

06.07.2021

13.07.2021

Change

Total number of cases

439

784

78.59%

Number of local cases

353

659

86.69%

Became positive in quarantine

66

104

57.58%

Cases from abroad

20

15

-25.00%

Number of cases per 100,000

114.92

205.24

78.59%

Local cases per 100,000

92.21

172.14

86.68%

Number of tests

65,077

113,229

73.99%

Test positivity rate

0.67%

0.69%

2.99%

Being treated in hospital

50

57

14.00%

Being treated in intensive care

3

3

0.00%

Intensive care rate

0.50%

0.28%

-44.00%

Number of active cases

599

1,075

79.47%

 

 

 

 

AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAILY CASES PER 100,000 BY DISTRICT

 

06.07.2021

13.07.2021

Change

TRNC GENERAL

16.4

29.3

78.66%

LEFKOŞA

15.8

26.3

66.46%

GAZİMAĞUSA

9.9

15.7

58.59%

GİRNE

27.9

55.3

98.21%

İSKELE

2.0

5.4

170.00%

GÜZELYURT

12.5

20.3

62.40%

LEFKE

1.0

15.2

1420.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RULES AT INDOOR VENUES:

 

  • It is mandatory comply with the mask and distance (1.5 metre) rule in all indoor areas. If it is determined that the specified rules are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018.
     
  • Businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 5m2. 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, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.
     
  • The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities, and the Police General Directorate.

 

RULES AT OUTDOOR VENUES

  • It is mandatory to comply with the mask and distance (1.5 metre) rule in all outdoor areas. If it is determined that the specified rules are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018.
     
  • The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities, and the Police General Directorate.

 

DECISIONS

 

  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 up to date country colour codes table will take effect on the Monday after it is 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.

 

RED;

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

Note: Vaccinated people who will come from the United Kingdom will be able to enter the country without going into quarantine until 29.07.2021. A reassessment will be made on the specified date.

  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 7 days quarantine.

*Due to the spread of the Delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entry gates regardless of whether or not the people who will come to our country have been vaccinated.

 

ORANGE;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • Quarantine-free entry
  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 5 days quarantine.

*Due to the spread of the Delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entry gates regardless of whether or not the people who will come to our country have been vaccinated.

GREEN;

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

 

GREY;

  • Whether vaccinated or not, entry to the country will be on condition of a pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours and 14 days of quarantine.

 

1 C) GENERAL RULES;

 

  • VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme.
  • 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 Covid-19, and six months have passed, will be considered as vaccinated if they have 1 dose of the RAPEL vaccine.

 

  • People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result, prior to travel, between 30-180 days. 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.

 

  • Due to the spread of the Delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entry gates regardless of whether or not the people who will come to our country have been vaccinated. People coming from Green Colour countries will be exempt

 

 

  • DELTA VARIANT COUNTRIES:

 

  • The “DELTA” Variant is considered by the WHO as a “Variant of Concern”; VOC. These variants are defined as:
  • Variants that have increased in transmissibility or that can detrimentally affect the epidemiology of Covid-19
  • Variants that can increase in virulence or lead to a change in clinical presentation
  • Variants that reduce the effectiveness of public health measures or that can reduce the effectiveness of available diagnostic tests, vaccines or therapeutics.

 

 

  1. INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES

 

  • Level 1 (Green): No tests, no restrictions
  • Level 2 (Orange): Negative Antigen or PCR test once every 7 days
  • Level 3 (Red): 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.

 

  • 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.

* 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 yellow and orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative antigen test conducted within the last 24 hours or a negative PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours.

 

  1. People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods of 7 to 14 days 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 aforementioned rules, who do not provide an address of residence in our country and who want to come to our country will stay in central quarantine for 7 or 14 days, depending on the country they come from, in designated central quarantine hotels.

 

It is recommended that people who do not comply with the home quarantine rules are sent to central quarantine, pay for their own quarantine fees, and that criminal proceedings are launched against them in accordance with the relevant legislation.

 

  1. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person in our country that requires quarantine, will be subject to 10 days quarantine. At the end of 10 days, if the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended. Double vaccinated people who have been contact with a Covid-19 positive person and are required to enter quarantine, will be subject to quarantine for 7 days. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3.

 

  1. Covid-19 positive people in our country will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, provided that a doctor working in the pandemic hospital has assessed them and deemed it appropriate. This practice will start from 19.07.2021 onwards.

 

  1. It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 275 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

 

TOURISM                                                                                                           

 

  1. Hotels that will provide 4-night 5-day indoor hotel tourism, provided that they are subject to charter flights and the wristband application, must sign the prepared letter of undertaking. These hotels must not accept any customers from outside (locals or tourists), neither for accommodation nor for restaurants, cafes, beaches, etc, located within the hotel, for the purpose of using the areas. In the instance that charter flights are organised for more than 5 days, people on these flights are required to repeat their tests on their 5th day. Double-vaccinated people who will come on scheduled flights and who want to go into indoor hotel tourism will be able to go to hotels that are providing indoor hotel tourism with a wristband.

 

In this context, it has been deemed appropriate to have a maximum of 14 flights per week for indoor hotel tourism. In addition, requests for extra charter flights due to Kurban Bayramı (Eid al-Adha) will be subject to permission from the Ministry of Health.

Hotel staff will wear masks and repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days. Hotel staff will be able to leave the hotel 2 days after the customers leave the hotel provided that their PCR tests are negative. As for suppliers, they will supply goods without any contact whatsoever with the people in the hotel.

 

It is forbidden for TRNC citizens to come on charter flights. (However, dual nationals can enter with and by presenting their address of residence in another country. If these people do not comply with the specified rules, they will be placed in central quarantine.)

 

  1. Hotels that want to do local tourism will sign the prepared letters of undertaking and serve within the framework of the specified rules. People working in the hotels will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days. Hotels that will do local tourism (including beach, wedding-engagement events, and similar events) cannot do indoor hotel tourism with charter flights, and cannot be used as quarantine hotels.

 

  1. People who will enter casinos/hotels 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. Hotel/casino workers will wear masks and repeat PCR tests once every 7 days.

 

  1. Sea tour boats will continue to serve at half of their passenger capacity. Staff on tour boats will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days. In addition, the letter of undertaking to be prepared will be signed and legal action will be launched against those who are found to be breaking the specified rules. Marinas will be open.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

  1. State and private schools can be opened in the scope of the plan that will be prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture (including cram schools, after-school centres, private lessons, course activities and summer schools). Teachers and staff working in kindergartens (3, 4 and 5 years old) and education sectors that are open will repeat their antigen tests once every seven days at the specified stations. Pupils aged over 6 will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days. Higher Education Institutions can be opened within the scope of plans to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

 

People working in special education centres will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

 

It has been deemed appropriate for apprentice students to start their education in the workplace depending on the sectors that have opened. The rules applied in the specified sectors will also apply to apprentice students.

 

  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 PCR test results from within the last 72 hours or antigen tests from within the last 48 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.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

  1. Inter-district and local public transportation can be provided. Passengers will not be allowed next to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis and 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, and the operating capacity will be 50% with every other seat empty.

 

A maximum of 3 passengers will be able to be transferred in taxis with a “T” permit and a maximum of 5 passengers in vehicles with a touristic minibus permit, while ensuring all necessary hygiene conditions.

 

Drivers will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

 

Windows will be open during journeys, air conditioning will not be used and everyone in the vehicle will wear a mask. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by the business owners of public transport and taxi enterprises engaged in public transportation. If it is determined that the rules specified in the letter of undertaking are not complied with, criminal proceedings will be launched against them in accordance with the relevant legislation.

 

  1. 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, the letters of undertaking to be prepared will be signed. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in decision 1.

 

SECTORS

 

  1. The routine tests that people working in the sectors operating in our country are required to do once every 7 days are stated in the table below.

 

TABLE: TESTS THAT SECTOR WORKERS MUST HAVE (ONCE EVERY 7 DAYS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE VACCINATED)

 

PCR

ANTIGEN

 

HOTELS

SCHOOLS

 

CASINOS

SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTRES

 

MUSICIANS

MARKETS / STORES AND SUPPLIERS

 

BARS / CLUBS

BARBERS / HAIRDRESSERS

 

CINEMAS

RESTAURANTS

 

TEAM SPORTS

CAFES

 

SWIMMING SPORTS

TAVERNS

 

INDOOR SPORTS HALLS

PATISSERIES

 

INDOOR CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS

COFFEE SHOPS / COFFEE HOUSES

 

ENTERTAINMENT/CONCERTS AND SIMILAR EVENT STAFF

BANKS

 

NIGHT CLUBS

PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

 

 

OFFICE WORKERS

 

 

SEA / CRUISE BOATS

 

 

WORKER ACCOMMODATION / LODGINGS

 

 

PRODUCTION / FACTORIES

 

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

 

 

STAFF AT PLACES OF WORSHIP

 

 

INTERNET CAFES

 

 

BETTING SHOPS

 

 

Note: Pupils over the age of 6 will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days.

 

Note: The sectors in the table above will perform their PCR/antigen tests at sites specified by the Ministry of Health.

 

  1. Barbers, hairdressers, beauty salons and tattoo studios/salons will continue their work between the hours of 07:00 and 20:00.  It is mandatory to comply with the mask and distance (1.5 metre) rules in these sectors. If it is determined that the specified rules are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. People working in these sectors will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days and the prepared letter of undertaking forms will be signed.

 

  1. The outdoor areas and a maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes and taverns and takeaway services will continue to be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart. Customers received in the indoor areas must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.  People working in these sectors must wear masks and will repeat their PCR or antigen tests once every 7 days. Live music can be performed in the outdoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes and taverns. Musicians who will perform live music will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days.  It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by these sectors.

 

  1. Bars and clubs can continue their activities on the condition that outdoor areas and a maximum of one-third of their indoor areas are used. Bistro tables should be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas will be determined according to the size of the outdoor area so that there is one person per 2m2. Customers received in the indoor and outdoor areas of these sectors must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. People working in these sectors must wear masks and will repeat PCR once every 7 days. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by these sectors. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by these sectors.

 

  1. The outdoor areas and a maximum of one third of the indoor areas of coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias, and clubhouses will be used. It is required that tables will be place 2 metres apart. Customers received in the indoor areas must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.  People working in these sectors must wear masks and repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by these sectors.

 

  1. People working in markets, retail and merchandising services will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days. People working in supply chains will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

 

  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. People staying in worker accommodation will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

 

  1. Personnel working in factories that are operating production activities in our country will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days

 

  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 test results from the last 72 hours or antigen test results from within the last 24 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.

 

  1. People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours. People received in the indoor areas must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated and must wear masks. People working in these sectors must wear masks and repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by these sectors.

 

  1. Betting shops will be able to continue their activities within the framework of the conditions specified in the prepared letter of undertaking. One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops. People received must have a negative antigen  or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.  People working in these sectors must wear masks and repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. In addition, a letter of undertaking will be signed by these sectors.

 

  1. People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from. Customers received must have a negative antigen or PRC test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. People working in these sectors must wear masks and will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days.

 

ARTS

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate for professional artists to perform their theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals in accordance with the hygiene rule. Performances will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People received must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.  People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the halls. All those who will work in the halls must have negative PCR tests from within the last 72 hours. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018. The letter of undertaking forms to be prepared for these sectors will be signed. One third of indoor areas can be used.

 

  1. It was deemed appropriate for lessons provided by music/ballet instructors to start provided that they are one-to-one lessons. Instructors will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days. There will only be individual lessons. Group ballet, dance and music activities will not take place.

 

  1. The number of people that can be accepted to group dances, ceremonies, festivals, music, and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. Spectators will be accepted in such a way that one third of indoor areas will be used. Spectators and performers received must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate to perform folk dancing activities in outdoor areas, provided that mask and hygiene rules are followed.

 

  1. People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums. Customers received must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.  People working in these sectors must wear masks and will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018.  In addition, letters of undertaking will be signed.

 

SPORT

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators within the scope of social distancing rules (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held.

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate for team sports training and competitions with spectators to be held in indoor and outdoor areas. People received in the halls must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. Athletes and technical teams that will take part in training sessions will repeat their PCR tests once every seven days. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018.  In addition, letters of undertaking will be signed.

 

  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 received in the halls must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. People working in swimming pools must wear masks and will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas. Spectators that will come must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. Athletes will repeat their PCR tests once every three days.

 

  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, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used. Spectators that will come must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted from within the last 7 days if they are vaccinated, and from within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.

 

  1. Indoor gyms (fitness, individual) will be able to continue their activities within the framework of the conditions specified in the letter of undertaking. These gyms will be able to start providing a service from 06.00 onwards. Dance schools, music and similar school and course activities will be able to serve within the framework of pandemic rules. Those who will be received in the gyms must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. People working in these sectors must wear masks and will repeat their PCR tests once every 7 days. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018.

 

  1. It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules. Those who will go to youth camps and those on duty must submit an antigen or PCR test from within the last 72 hours.

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS

 

 

  1. It has been decided that engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, and circumcision ceremonies in outdoor areas can be held within the framework of the rules specified in the letter of undertaking to be prepared. Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, and circumcision ceremonies will not be held in indoor areas. Masks will be worn at the ceremonies, seating will be arranged by observing the social distance rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery and money will be deposited into a chest. The number of guests allowed will be determined according to the size of the wedding area so that there is one person per 2m2. The letter of undertaking to be prepared will be signed.

 

  1. The number of people allowed in amusement parks, tombola and similar activities will be determined according to the size of the areas so that there is one person per 2m2. Those who will take part in the activities must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated.

 

  1. Indoor children’s play areas and indoor games halls will be able to continue with their activities on the condition that the undertaking to be prepared is signed and that staff have PCR tests once every 7 days.

 

OTHERS

 

  1. It is not appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in indoor areas; and is appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in outdoor areas in compliance with the social distancing and mask rule. It is mandatory to comply with the specified rules and if it is determined that they are not being adhered to, then criminal proceedings will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018.

 

  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. Those who will enter places of worship must have a negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. People who will work in these sectors will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

 

  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 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 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.

 

 

  1. ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE AN ANTIGEN OR PCR TEST UPON ENTRY (UNVACCINATED PEOPLE)

 

Customers entering hotels/casinos

Customers entering the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes and taverns

Customers entering the indoor and outdoor areas of bars and clubs

Customers entering the indoor areas of coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses

Customers entering internet cafes

Customers entering betting shops

Customers entering night clubs

The spectators of theatre, concert, exhibition shows by professional artists

Spectators entering cinemas

People who will watch competitions in indoor sports halls

People who will watch competitions in indoor swimming pools

People who will watch boxing, wrestling, and close combat sport competitions

Customers at indoor gyms (fitness, individual)

People who will take part in group dances, ceremonies, festivals, music, and similar events

People who will take part in group worships at indoor areas

-A negative antigen or PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours will be requested upon entry by the sectors mentioned above for unvaccinated people.

 

-Antigen or PCR tests will not be sought from people who are vaccinated or who have had the disease between 30 and 180 days ago.

 

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 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 when the PCR test taken on the 10th day after the last contact date is negative. 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 Covid-19 positive patients must stay in a separate home for them to be placed in home quarantine.

 

2- If the person is in need of care or under 18, they can be placed in home quarantine with their carer or a parent or a person legally responsible, provided that there is a separate home.

 

3- 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).

 

4- 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.