Turkey has introduced new restrictions on locals and tourists, banning smoking on streets and public transport stops. This was reported by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) with reference to the circular of the Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs "Measures to combat coronavirus".
Restrictions will appear in all provinces of the country from November 12. With their help, the Turkish government plans to control the wearing of masks, which many take off under the pretext of smoking.
“After the introduction of the mandatory wearing of masks, it was noticed that some people took off or used them incorrectly because they smoked in the streets, in parks and gardens where there are many citizens. To prevent the spread of the epidemic (…) and to ensure the correct and consistent use of the mask, (…) a ban on smoking will be introduced,”the document explains.
According to an expert interviewed by ATOR, now tourists will be able to smoke only on the territory of the hotel or in specially designated rooms at the airport. For violation of the ban, they face a fine of 118 lira (2.1 thousand rubles).
Earlier, a Russian woman, who had rested in one of the hotels in Turkey, said that her compatriots refuse to observe the "covid rules" in the hotel. In particular, they ignore the new requirements for visiting the hammam.