Turkish cities empty as Feast of Sacrifice begins

4-day holiday starting 31/7, 'observe anti-COVID measures'

30 July, 18:23

    ISTANBUL - A large number of people began leaving Turkey's cities on Thursday ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, or Feast of Sacrifice, which is officially being celebrated in the country from Friday until Monday.

    Heavy traffic clogged highway exits from Istanbul, Ankara, and other cities on Thursday morning.

    The holiday is typically celebrated with family reunions, however many Turks will make use of it for a holiday near the sea or elsewhere.

    The holiday is expected to give a bit of relief to a strategic sector in Turkey that has been hit hard by restrictions over the past few months on international tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The authorities are concerned, however, that internal movement and gatherings may increase the circulation of COVID-19, which continues to see a stable curve but is not yet decreasing, with just under a 1,000 new cases recorded every day.

    The government has thus recommended that citizens comply with prevention measures such as wearing masks and engaging in social distancing.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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