Turkey’s main opposition, CHP urges Health Minister to relax COVID-19 travel bans for seniors, seasonal workers

Duvar English

Main opposition Vice Chair Yıldırım Kaya wrote a letter to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, urging him to make exceptions to the curfew on senior citizens so they can travel to their hometowns for the summer.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Vice Chair Kaya noted that the curfew on citizens above 65 years old could force them to spend a hot summer in small apartments in big cities, which might cause other health problems.

“Considering they haven’t been outside since March 21, there’s great benefit in sending our senior citizens over 65 to their hometowns after they’ve been tested for COVID-19,” Kaya said in his letter.

Kaya added that some younger citizens come to big cities to work in the winter, but need to be in their villages for harvest season, which they’re unable to accomplish due to travel bans in place.

“Many of our citizens get their food for the winter from the production in their villages. They need to go home to sow their gardens, harvest their tea and hazelnuts in the Black Sea.”

Kaya noted that all persons who are allowed to travel should be tested for COVID-19 and that all safety measures be adhered to during their travels.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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