Turkish Ministry of Health issues new decisions for restaurants


The Turkish Ministry of Health has taken new preventive decisions for restaurants based on recommendations from the Scientific Committee.

The Ministry has published, through its website, a number of measures that all restaurants must take:

  • The distance between the seating places must be not less than one meter.
  • Windows must be opened in rooms and enclosed spaces during daily routine cleaning, and ventilated for at least one hour after cleaning.
  • Particular attention should be paid to cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched by hands, especially door handles, batteries, stairs, telephone, toilet, and washbasin in public places.
  • Restaurant staff should clean and wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and use alcohol-based disinfectants in the absence of soap and water.
  • People with any signs of respiratory infection (fever, cough, respiratory distress, etc.) do not work until their complaint is resolved.
  • People who deal with the personal belongings of guests will wash their hands immediately after these procedures or they will clean hands with alcohol-based materials.