Turkey to Place ‘Observers’ at Weddings to Ensure Social Distancing

Published July 9th, 2020 - 06:54 GMT
Turkey is allowing marriages on July 1st, after several months of banning due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but the protective mask stay obligatory for the brides as well as for the guests. Feeling the trend, Turkish designers are now creating masks to match the dresses, combining protection and chic. Yasin AKGUL / AFP
Turkey is allowing marriages on July 1st, after several months of banning due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but the protective mask stay obligatory for the brides as well as for the guests. Feeling the trend, Turkish designers are now creating masks to match the dresses, combining protection and chic. Yasin AKGUL / AFP

Turkey is preparing to appoint “observers” at weddings and engagement parties to ensure that social distancing practices are adhered.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters following a weekly meeting of the country’s scientific advisory council on Wednesday that the decision was reached after several recent COVID-19 outbreaks were traced back to weddings.

Authorities in eight provinces have banned traditional send-off ceremonies for young men starting their military service—considered another source for coronavirus infections.


Meanwhile, religious authorities were considering measures to ensure social distancing at funerals gatherings, Koca said.

Turkey saw an uptick in daily confirmed infections and deaths in mid-June, after it eased restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.

On Wednesday, the total number of infections in Turkey rose to 208,938. The death toll now stands at 5,282.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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