Turkey bars supermarkets from selling goods including clothing, makeup

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Turkey’s government barred supermarkets from selling some goods to customers after it tightened a lockdown on the population last week.

The businesses will not be able to sell items including perfume, makeup and garden products from May 7, according to a circular issued by the Interior Ministry. The sales ban also includes stationary, clothing and accessories, toys and electronics.

Turkey is seeking to curb daily cases of COVID-19, which reached a record of more than 60,000 in April. New infections have since declined to less than 25,000 per day, according to official data.

The government faced a storm of criticism on social media last week after it barred supermarkets and other shops from selling alcohol during the tightened lockdown, which is due to end on May 17.

Ahval

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