Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to re-open in June


Istanbul’s iconic Grand Bazaar will re-open for shopping on June 1 after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The Grand Bazaar will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, compared to the previous hours of 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., all workers and visitors will be obliged to wear masks and observe social distancing rules and their temperature will be measured before they enter, Fatih Kurtulmuş, the chairman of the iconic tourist destination, said on April 8.

The bazaar was closed on March 23 as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Turkish government plans to gradually loosen restrictions it has imposed to tackle COVID-19, with shopping malls, barbershops, and hair salons set to reopen on Monday. Last week, Turkey lifted a travel ban from seven provinces.



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