Turkey imposes limited weekend curfews for university entrance exams

Limited curfews have been imposed in Turkey this weekend to protect against the spread of COVID-19 as the university admission exams take place, Hürriyet Daily News reported.

Curfews will start at 9:30 a.m. on both days, ending at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, to account for the two sessions of the Higher Education Institutions Examination (YKS) for university entrance.

People taking the exam are exempt from the curfew, as are relatives dropping them off to exam halls, the Interior Minister announced in an earlier statement.

During the curfew, bakeries, markets, grocery stores, and butchers will remain open, it said.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter on June 18: “The Health Ministry’s Science Board made a recommendation in order to create the necessary conditions for the exams. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ordered a limited curfew to prevent crowds forming on the streets during examination hours and spare the day only for the youth.” 

A limited curfew was imposed in all provinces last weekend as eighth-graders took the High School Transition System (LGS) exam on June 20.