On Thursday (14 May), Turkey made the wearing of masks in public mandatory in 10 more provinces.
Authorities announced the imposed requirement in Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Denizli, Düzce, Kastamonu, Muğla and Uşak
In addition to these 10 cities, people without a face mask will also not be allowed to enter crowded streets and markets in Gaziantep, Izmir, and Adana.
From today (Friday 15 May 2020), all citizens in the province of Muğla must wear a mask when leaving their homes. This includes Fethiye.
The use of masks in marketplaces, markets, collective workplaces, public transportation vehicles, streets, parks, shopping malls, and in private vehicles is mandatory.
People not wearing masks will be fined.
This seems like a good time to give you an update on masks, where you can get yours and a reminder of how to safely dispose of them.
The things you need to know about masks
Free masks are no longer being issued by the government via pharmacies.
Last week, Ankara set a price limit of a maximum of 1 Turkish lira ($0.14) for disposable face masks, which are already being sold in markets and pharmacies. Pharmacy owner, Hediye Aylanç from GİZEM Pharmacy in Taşyaka told us “I have stock of masks at 1 TL each. They are also bundled into packs of 50 for 50TL for ease of bulk buying”
Fethiye State Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist Hacer Dağdeviren told Gerçek Fethiye that surgical, non-washable masks provide effective protection for four hours only and should be changed at the end of this period.
When putting on and removing the mask, you should only only touch the laces used to hold the mask in place and should not touch the front part.
Even when wearing a mask, it is very important to wash your face as well as your hands with soapy water entering your home.
Washable cloth face masks can be worn but must be washed after every outing.
Click here to watch a video about medical masks and fashion. It’s in Turkish but you’ll get the idea.
There is currently no ruling about the wearing of perspex face visors without a mask.
There is currently no ruling saying children DO NOT have to wear masks.
Masks for those under curfew
Last week and this week, David Jaime who runs Corona Caring Fethiye, has been working with Fethiye Zabita to make sure those under curfew have masks to enable them to leave their homes for exercise on the allocated days.
From next week, as stocks are now available from pharmacies and markets (priced at 1 TL each), everyone under curfew needs to ensure the people who help them with shopping, purchase masks on their behalf.
Guidelines for the safe disposal of disposable masks and gloves
Government circular “Covid-19 Precautions in the Management of Personal Hygiene Material Wastes such as Disposable Masks and Gloves” published by the General Directorate of Environmental Management of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.
Please follow the rules below:
– Store your mask, gloves, handkerchiefs and other personal hygiene waste products separately on the balcony in tightly-tied, tear-resistant plastic garbage bags.
– Store this waste in small quantities, preferably on a separate balcony for at least 72 hours
– After 72 hours, you can dispose of these waste bags together with your normal daily garbage.
– Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds every you come into contact with this waste
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi