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Reopening of Schools
and Shopping Malls

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Turkey caused by the prevention of this crisis and the importance of the health of Turkish citizens, schools and shopping centers were closed until further notice. Doing all these things had many costs the Turkish government, but people's health is more important

The current situation in the country and its very good control, with the cooperation of the government, medical staff, and the people of the authorities have reached a level where planning to reopen shopping malls and schools will begin according to the classifications and life return to normal.

In the text of this news, you will receive a set of related information as well as additional information, and in the end, you will read the results of the officials' review.

What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

How COVID-19 is spread

You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person cough, sneezes, or talks. You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others. Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Practice social distancing

Buy groceries and medicine, go to the doctor, and complete banking activities online when possible. If you must go in person, stay at least 6 feet away from others and disinfect items you must touch. Get deliveries and takeout, and limit in-person contact as much as possible.
Also, you can follow the WHO (World Health Organization) to get the most important information about this disease.

WHO began when our Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. This organization is now more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva.

Turkey closed schools to prevent the spread of coronavirus

elementary and secondary schools in Turkey will go on an early spring break for a week on March 16, while universities will be closed for three weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said before.
After a five-hour-long ministers’ meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Kalin announced a series of measures that will be taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the country.

Kalin, the education minister announced further details on the distance learning program for elementary and high school students.
From March 23, all students received online education through the internet and TV,” 
Universities closed on March 16 for three weeks and they also used the distance learning program
He added that all sports competitions will be held without spectators until the end of April, a measure already seen in other countries in Europe and other parts of the world.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also postponed official visits abroad until further notice, 
The spokesperson added.
“We hopefully have the opportunities and ability to overcome this situation without panicking or being overcome by languor,” Kalın said.


Turkish retailers, shopping malls to shut doors amid coronavirus

Shops closed across Turkey to help halt the coronavirus spread, dimming the economy’s prospects and raising questions for hundreds of thousands of workers after Ankara pledged $15 billion in support and advised Turks to stay home.
Clothing retailers shuttered and malls, with some 530,000 employees and an annual turnover of $160 billion, were set to follow suit after Turkey announced cases of the virus.
A day after President Tayyip Erdogan announced a series of steps to backstop the economy, two sources said government officials are in the early stages of trimming private expectations for economic growth, which was publicly forecast to be 5% this year.

A drop in unemployment from above 12% last month to below 9% by year-end is now seen as unlikely, while public spending is expected to be a bigger-than-expected driver for the major emerging market economy, they said, requesting anonymity.
However Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said in a TV interview said “no concerns” about meeting the government’s growth, budget, and inflation targets in 2020.


What were the most important shopping centers in Istanbul that closed? 

The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is without a doubt is the most popular tourist spot for shopping in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is a shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. A series of covered streets feature over 4,000 merchants all selling their products and wares. You can find anything here from spices, dried fruits, basketry, drapery, haberdashery, boots, and slippers to gold and silver jewelry.
Istanbul also hosts more than 200 modern shopping malls. And some of them are really very huge and amongst the best shopping malls in Europe. The Kanyon, Metrocity, and Akmerkez in the Levent district; the Istinye Park in Maslak, the Cevahir in Mecidiyekoy is the most popular shopping malls in Istanbul, on the European side that worth a visit.

The Emaar Square Mall in Uskudar, Capitol in Altunizade, Palladium, and Brandium on Atasehir and Viaport next to Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) are the popular ones in the Asian side.
Strolling around the Sultanahmet Square, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in the company of the most popular landmarks, museums, mosques, churches, fountains, and historical sites of Istanbul and having a rest at the variety of restaurants and cafes around, is one of the best things to do in Sultanahmet.

But All of these facilities are closed because of COVID-19

The shopping malls will open gradually on May 11 and full capacity on June 1

Head of AVM Investors Association Huseyin Altas evaluated the opening calendar and process of the shopping malls as follows:

 “We are planning a gradual opening on 11 May and an official opening on 1 June. Of course, if there is a positive opinion from the Scientific Committee. We can say that the period between "May 11 and June 1" is to try and voluntarily normalize life. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has closed the cinema, restaurant, playgrounds, and hairdressers. If they approve, we will open it completely on June 1. The opening of the shopping malls is decided on a provincial and district basis, based on the pandemic status, by the decision of the Scientific Committee. Everyone should do their part in the pandemic that comes in 100 years We must succeed, we must decide region by region, district, district, or even brand. Not everyone should start on the same day.


On the other hand, Altas answered the questions about whether 4 conditions will be accepted or not: “We do not want to discuss with the retailers in public. The location of each shopping mall is different according to province and district. Textile, gastronomy, shoes, and bags are different. It is the greatest injustice to put equal rules among the unequal. In order to circumvent the next process, it would be best to evaluate the conditions of each shopping mall for each store. Why did someone make a 3-month grace period? We want to keep retail alive, but we invested 150 billion dollars in this country, this is national wealth. We are under a debt burden of $ 15 billion. In this situation, solidarity and national unity will be meaningless regardless of any party or group, and the quality and health of the people are of the utmost importance.


Schools will reopen on the first of June 

Turkey may reopen schools on June 1 if normalization from the novel coronavirus pandemic proceeds as planned, the country's national education minister said.
"If the normalization process continues as expected, we would open schools on June 1," Ziya Selcuk said in a live interview one of the most important news channel.

Selcuk had previously announced that a remote education would continue in Turkey via TV and online lessons until May 31 as part of measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Turkey first began remote education on March 23, with Selcuk teaching the first lesson to millions of students nationwide.

On March 13, Turkey had announced that all educational facilities from primary schools to universities would be suspended, so the virus could be stay away from the country.