TRNC announces new measures; Extends night time curfew until August 3

The TRNC Council of Ministers have extended the partial night time curfew from 12:00am until 5:00am until 3 August.

According to the order published in the Official Gazette, in accordance with the partial curfew imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is forbidden to go out every night from 12:00am until 5:00am until 3 August.

Within the framework of the decision of the Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases, private sector employees working to meet basic needs and those who will perform essential services in the public sector, such as police, fire brigade, municipality, civil defense, health workers, etc., will be exempt from the partial curfew. 

Except for these people, everyone have to obey the ban.

Those who do not comply with the partial curfew will be prosecuted within the framework of the current legislation.

In line with the Decisions taken by the Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases under the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018, the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional measure and decisions.

-Retail and merchandising services and all services / sectors not specified as closed will open for service between 8:30am and 9:00pm.

-Markets will be opened between 7:00am and 11:00pm everyday of the week.  

-Restaurants, cafes, patisseries, buffets and taverns will continue their services between 6:00am and 11:30pm.

-All transactions related to the supply chain will be carried out between 8:00am and 9:30pm.

RULES IN CLOSED AREAS;
-It is obligatory to comply with the mask and distance (1.5 meters) rules in all closed areas, and if it is determined that the specified rules are not followed, penal action will be applied in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018.    

-Businesses will make arrangements so that the customer and employee total will be 1 person in a maximum of 5 m2. In order to maintain the social distance, these enterprises will be made to place a notice at the entrances of the enterprises regarding the m2 areas and how many people can be in the enterprise, including employees. 

-The rules to be applied will be supervised by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the General Directorate of Police.

RULES IN OPEN PLACES;
-It is obligatory to comply with the mask and distance (1.5 meters) rules in all open areas, and if it is determined that the specified rules are not followed, criminal action will be taken in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018.   

-The rules to be applied will be supervised by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the General Directorate of Police.

Full Decisions  
1. The criteria for entry into the country is stated as follows;

-The country colors specified in the criteria will be updated every week.      

-The current table regarding the color codes of countries will be applied by the committee from Monday, August, 2, 2021.

DARK RED;
- Persons who have traveled to these countries in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the country.

-TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country provided they provide a negative PCR test result done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 14 days.

RED;
- Those who have been vaccinated, will be able to enter the country with a negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 5 days.

- Those who have not been vaccinated, will be able to enter the country with a negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 7 days.

Note: Vaccinated persons coming from England (United Kingdom) will be able to enter the country without quarantine until 29.07.2021. Re-evaluation will be made on the specified date.

ORANGE;
VACCINATED;
-Must have Negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours before the trip.
-Quarantine-free entry.

-UNVACCINED;
-Must have Negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours before the trip.
-Will quarantine for 5 days.

GREEN;
VACCINATED;
-No restrictions.

UNVACCINED;
-Must have Negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours before the trip.
Quarantine-Free entry.

GREY;
-Regardless of whether they are vaccinated, they will only be able to enter the country with a negative PCR done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 14 days. 

GENERAL RULES;
Due to the spread of the delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entrance point regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. People from Green Color countries will be exempt from this application.

VACCINATED PERSON:
-Must have completed the vaccination program with the following vaccines from 14 days to 6 months of the last dose.

    -SINOVAC BIOTECH: 2 DOSES
    -SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
    -COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
    -VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
    -COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSAGE
    -SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
    -MODERNA: 2 DOSES  
 
COUNTRIES WITH THE DELTA VARIANT:
-The “DELTA” Variant has been evaluated by the WHO as “Variants of Concern”; VOCs”. These variants are;
-Variants that are highly contagious or that may adversely affect the epidemiology of COVID-19.
-Variants that may have increased morbidity or may cause a change in the clinical picture, or
-Variants that reduce the effectiveness of public health measures or that may reduce the effectiveness of existing diagnostic tests, vaccines or drugs; as defined.

-A person who has had the disease can submit a positive PCR test result done between 30-180 days before travel.

-Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with their vaccinated parents in accordance with the PCR test rules (children over 6 years old) according to the country category they come from.
 
-Passengers will be evaluated according to the country in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot/ been in, in the last 10 days.

-Persons who have had Covid-19 disease and 6 months have passed will be considered as vaccinated if they receive 1 dose of RAPEL vaccine.

2. Border crossings within the island will be as stated below.

 - Level 1 (Green): No tests, no restrictions
 - Level 2 (Orange): Negative Antigen/PCR test every 7 days
 - Level 3 (Red): Passes are restricted.

-Unvaccinated persons can pass with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test (including unvaccinated workers and healthcare passers-by).

*Passengers will be evaluated according to the country in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot/ been in, in the last 10 days.

3. Persons who need to be quarantine according to the above criteria will be able to spend 10-14 days of quarantine at the specified residence addresses with their wristbands, provided that they show their address in the country and download the "Stay Safe Application" before coming to the country.
-In order to pass the quarantine period, they will go to their residence addresses either alone or accompanied by a driver, or by public transportation, taxi, touristic minibus permitted vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance. People over the age of 65 and people who go abroad with the board for health reasons will be able to download the "Stay Safe Application" after they arrive in the country.

-Children under the age of 12 will not be fitted with wristbands.

-Persons who do not comply with the above-mentioned rules, do not show their address of residence in our country and who want to come to our country will stay in central quarantine for 10-14 days, depending on the country they come from, in designated central quarantine hotels.

It is recommended that people who do not comply with the home quarantine rules be sent to the central quarantine, pay the quarantine fees themselves, and penal action is initiated against them in accordance with the relevant legislation.

4. People who have contact with a Covid-19 positive person in the country that require quarantine will be subject to quarantine for 10 days. At the end of 10 days, if the PCR test result to be taken from the contact persons is negative, the isolation periods will be terminated.

-Double-vaccinated persons who have contact with a Covid-19 positive person requiring quarantine will be subject to quarantine for 7 days.   

-Covid-19 positive people in the country will be able to spend the quarantine process at home with a wristband, subject to the conditions specified if their doctor evaluates and deems it appropriate. This practice will start from 19.07.2021.   

5. It is deemed necessary to accept passengers on flights to be organized in the country with a maximum of 4 flights per day and 275 passengers (excluding soldiers) each time. 

-As of August, 10, 2021, the closed hotel tourism application will be canceled. People who will come to the country with Chater flights will be processed according to the criteria specified in the country categories.

With these flights, people who will come to the country will be able to spend their quarantine periods at home, depending on the country they come from, with a wristband, as well as scheduled flights, on the condition that they download the "Stay Safe Application".

Those who cannot show a residence address will complete their quarantine period in the determined central quarantine hotels. 

-Persons who will enter the Casino as of August, 2, 2021 must be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. (This rule will be valid from August 11 for hotels that will continue their closed hotel tourism). Masks will be worn during their stay in the salon and social distance rules will be observed.

6. Higher Education Institutions can be opened within the scope of the plan to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter according to the specified country entry criteria.
 
7. Apprentice students have been deemed appropriate to start their education in the workplace depending on the sectors opened.
 
8. Public transportation will be available in all districts within and between districts. Passengers will not be admitted to the driver's side of the vehicles engaged in transportation. In buses, minibuses and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement so that one of the back seats of the driver's seat is empty, and 50% capacity will be operated with one empty and one full.

-During the journey, the windows will be open, air conditioning will not be used and everyone in the vehicle will wear a mask. 

11. Barbers, hairdressers, beauty salons and tattoo studios / salons will continue their work between 7:00am and 8:00pm.

-In these sectors, it is obligatory to comply with the mask and distance (1.5 m) rules, and if it is determined that the specified rules are not followed, criminal action will be taken in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018.
 
12. A maximum of one third of the outdoor and indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes and taverns will continue to be used for takeaway services. There will be live music in open areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes and taverns. 

-Bars and Clubs will continue their activities provided that maximum one third of their outdoor and indoor areas are used.
 
13. Persons who will enter the country due to IVF treatment will be processed according to the entry criteria specified in Article 1 and Article 2. People who are planned to go from quarantine hotels to IVF Centers for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR test results or antigen in the last 72 hours and then return to the quarantine hotel after treatment.

14. It has been deemed appropriate for professional artists to perform their theater / concert / exhibition work / rehearsals in accordance with the hygiene rule. The performances will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls occupied. Social distance, mask rule will be followed. Everyone who will take part in the hall must have negative PCR tests done within the last 72 hours.
 
15. It has been deemed appropriate to perform folk dances in open areas, provided that masks and hygiene rules are followed.

16. Only one third of the movie theaters will be used, and there will be no eating or drinking in the theaters.

- If accepted customers are unvaccinated, antigen or PCR testing will be required within the last 72 hours.

17. Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) will be able to continue their activities within the framework of the conditions specified in the letter of undertaking. These halls will be able to start serving from 6:00am.
 
18. Mass worship will be held in compliance with social distance, masks and hygiene rules and by using a maximum of one third of the closed areas to be worshiped.  

-If the people who will enter the place of worship are unvaccinated, it will be mandatory to request an antigen or PCR test within the last 72 hours.  

19 It has been decided to hold engagement, wedding, wedding and circumcision ceremonies to be held within the framework of the rules specified in the undertaking to be prepared. A maximum of one third of the enclosed spaces will be used.
 
20. It has been deemed appropriate that activities such as amusement parks, festival areas, tombola etc. should be set up in open areas, taking into account the social distance rules.

21. Bet offices will be able to continue their activities within the framework of the conditions specified. One third of the closed areas of the offices will be able to be operated. Food service will not be provided at Bet offices.
 
Contact Home Quarantine Criteria
1. In order to implement home quarantine, it is obligatory to have a separate room, toilet and bathroom belonging to the person in such a way that there is no contact with other individuals in the house (housing, dormitory, lodging, etc.). Otherwise, other non-contact individuals must stay in another residence.

In cases where these conditions are not met, the contact person is put into hotel quarantine.   
 
2. If there is an individual aged over 65 years living at home and/or with risk factors that may cause a severe course of COVID-19, quarantine is not allowed in the same house.

3. Persons living in public areas (housing, dormitory, military unit, etc.) and compulsorily using common areas cannot be included in the scope of home quarantine. Home quarantine is applied in institutions that can fulfill the conditions in Article 1.

-In cases where these conditions are not met, the contact person is put into hotel quarantine.

4. If there is more than one contact person living in the same house, home quarantine is applied in residences that meet the conditions in Article 1. If home conditions do not comply with Article 1, if individuals have the opportunity to stay in a separate house, home quarantine is applied.

-In cases where these conditions are not met, the contact person is put into hotel quarantine.

5. If the contact person is under the age of 18, accompanied by a parent and can fulfill the conditions in Article 1, home quarantine is applied. If home conditions do not comply with Article 1, if individuals have the opportunity to stay in a separate house, home quarantine is applied.

-In cases where both of these conditions are not met, the contact person is placed in hotel quarantine with a parent.

6. Home quarantine is applied in the presence of a contact dependent on someone else's care.

-The person who will provide his care tries to meet the conditions in the 1st article. The caregiver must also comply with home quarantine rules. He cannot accept visitors to his residence.

7. Hotel quarantine is also applied to people who do not wear wristbands or who cannot wear wristbands for any reason.

-Quarantine at home is when the contacts live without leaving the house and without contacting other people in the house. Home quarantine begins when the first PCR test result after the last contact date is negative. It is terminated when the PCR test is negative on the 10th day after the last contact date. The day after the last contact date is considered the first day.

** An important reason for quarantine is that you may be infected even though you show no signs of illness.

When a person has the virus without knowing they are sick or feeling any symptoms, they can transmit the disease to others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the disease.

Things to watch out for in quarantine at home;
1. The quarantine covers 10 days after the last contact date. Home quarantine is 7 days for people who are double vaccinated and have passed 14 days after the 2nd dose vaccination date.
 
2. No visitors are allowed to the house. Family members do not enter the room where the contact person is.
 
3. In order to increase air circulation, the window is opened for at least 15 minutes to ventilate the room from time to time.
 
4. Plates, spoons, forks, etc. materials that will be used by the contact person should be disposable if possible. If it is not possible, it should be washed in the dishwasher or using gloves at high temperatures.
 
5. Textile products such as clothes, towels and sheets used by the contact person are washed with detergent at 60-90°C.
 
6. If the contact person has a positive COVID-19 test, the areas where the person is located are disinfected. Disinfection is done with 1% diluted bleach (1 small tea glass of bleach is put into 10 liters of water).
 
7. Contact person should call 1102 and inform when he/she feels any symptoms (fever, cough, weakness, headache, etc.). 

INSULATION OF COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENTS AT HOME

Necessary home conditions
1. Covid-19 positive patients must stay in a separate house in order to be placed in home quarantine.

2. If the person is in need of care or under the age of 18, he/she can be placed in home quarantine with his/her caregiver or a parent or a legally responsible person, provided that there is a separate house.

3. Covid-19 positive person who is placed in home quarantine is monitored with a wristband. He cannot leave the house during the quarantine (only in case of emergency, in line with the information of the quarantine center)

4. A visitor to the house where the Covid-19 positive person is quarantined is absolutely unacceptable.

FUNCTIONING OF THE PROCESS
1. The person is called by the personnel of the Ministry of Health and informed that the test is positive.

2. It is said that by going to another test center, not repeating the test should not increase the infection.

3. The person will come to the Pandemic Hospital at the time h/she is told, evaluations will be made and that it will be decided to be monitored at home or in the hospital.

4. If it is decided to be monitored at home as a result of the evaluation when h/shee arrives at the hospital, the wristband is put on and the patient is sent home. In case of any problem, the phone number to be contacted is notified.

5. On the 10th day of home follow-up, patients are given an appointment and control PCR is performed. If the test result is negative, the home quarantine is terminated or if it is positive, the test is repeated 3 days later.

6. If a positive person has an increase in shortness of breath, chest pain and existing symptoms (fever, cough, weakness, headache, etc.) at home, they should call 1102 and inform them.

Note If the Covid-19 positive person has not entered the quarantine alone because he/she is a child or in need of care, etc., when the patient's test becomes negative, the PCR test is also performed on the caregiver. If the caregiver's test is negative, the caregiver is placed in a  contact quarantine for 10 days this time.

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