Pensioners throughout Turkey had a reason to be cheerful on Sunday as the government allowed people over the age of 65 to leave their homes. The elderly residents were allowed to be outside between 11.00 AM and 03.00 PM local time (08:00 and 12:00 GMT), while the rest of the nation was asked to remain indoors.
Istanbul's elderly could be seen flocking to the parks and taking leisurely strolls... Еще through the city's otherwise empty streets, all the while wearing masks and following social distancing rules.
Sunday was the first time since March 21st that people over 65 have been allowed to leave their homes, a measure put in place by the Turkish government to protect pensioners, who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, from the disease.
«I feel very well, it's a good thing to be outside. Besides, I feel very special because there is nobody except us, the old people,» said Berat, a local elderly resident. «The streets not being crowded is great. We are able to walk in a really comfortable and free way. If it was crowded it wouldn't be worth it at all.»
Young people under the age of 20 have also been confined to their homes since April 3rd and will receive a similar temporary curfew break next week. Children under the age of 14 will be allowed out on May 13th during the same time period, while young people aged between 15 and 20 years old will be allowed to leave their homes on May 15th.
Turkey has reported 138,657 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began, while 3,786 people have died with the virus as of Saturday.