How Istanbul is Adapting the Post-Corona Era?

Turkey and the Turkish people have been alarmed by Coronavirus since it became a global threat. Various measures have been taken to overcome this epidemic by the Ministry of Health and municipalities. After the first case was announced, immediate measures were applied. Some hospitals served only for COVID patients. Patients who were COVID + in pandemic services transferred to pandemic hospitals to be in absolute quarantine. Besides, hand disinfectants, high-alcoholic solutions, and masks were distributed in every city, especially in Istanbul, the most crowded one in Turkey. For a great deal of time, people did not leave their homes, often only cargo workers were present in the city. This extraordinary effort in Istanbul and all Turkey in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, had been an attempt to get the least damage. During the Corona epidemic, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality continued to work, especially when everyone was at home. Tourist areas, mosques, and other crowded places were closed and disinfected by local cleaning teams. Access to these areas was banned for a while.

As in all countries, we’re all terrified by the ongoing situation. To be fair, in the early days of this outbreak, we didn’t suffer as much of the others did. The recovery rates of the patients were at 80-90 percent. Unfortunately, still some citizens died because of the virus.

What will happens next, what will be the measures taken in the corona process? We have gathered the most crucial information for you:

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What city are you currently living in? What would you say if you had the opportunity to give a local suggestion for those who come to your city?

I live in Istanbul. We evolved from one chaos to the other. It is necessary to repeat the common proposal of the whole world; “Paid attention to hygiene”.

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Curfew

Since the first incident, the curfew was initiated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs on weekends. Istanbul residents who prefer to wander around the beach rather than stay at home in hot weather, stayed at their homes upon these instructions. While there is no such obligation now, the statistics show that Istanbulites still don’t go out as they normally would. While the daily number of passengers in Istanbul was around 15 million last year, now it is only 3.5 million.* The curfew was also present during the holidays. Also, intercity trips were prohibited, and the fight with the disease continued. While there are no such restrictions, some sort of curfews can be considered.

Hotels and Beaches

With the start of the summer season, hotels and other accommodation businesses were opened and they are still functioning. However, the beaches were reorganized according to the social distance practice, and the places where everyone could sunbathe and rest were restricted. In hotels, new rules have been added to the usual hygiene rules: Now there are ozonation systems in the rooms. The entrance to the hotels are provided with thermal cameras. Hotels have switched from 100 percent occupancy to 50 percent. Thus, the social distance rule is easy to follow. Health checks are carried out daily for the personnel. Instead of chain hotels, boutique ones started to attract more attention. Instead of serving all guests in the common area, new personalized service types developed. This supports people who want to stay at the hotel to protect their isolation. Another striking rule introduced: All animations and organizations are now held outdoors. Thus, guests are able to have fun by maintaining their own social distance. You can contact the locals for the most suitable accommodation details and special preferences for you.

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What city are you currently living in? What would you say if you had the opportunity to give a local suggestion for those who come to your city?

We are in Istanbul. Our suggestion is to spend a day in a neighborhood and wander around there all day instead of visiting the fixed places they see on the internet. The Anatolian side of the city is especially perfect for this. There are so many beautiful attractions that we don’t want people to limit with standard 9-10 places.

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Museums and Touristic Places

According to the rules announced by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, each museum now has a different visitor orientation plan. Accordingly, factors such as “visitor potential, physical condition, social distance, entrance and exit routes, average time spent by visitors in museums and ruins, museum’s collection type” are taken into consideration. It was decided that employees in all museums would get training on the effects of the epidemic and its reflections on social communication. In addition, certain orientation signs have been placed in areas where visitors are concentrated on. Hygiene mats, mask and glove waste boxes, hand disinfectants, thermometers with thermal cameras were placed at the museum entrances. Visitors are able to enter museums without any contact. In addition, seats and similar furniture in resting areas were rearranged according to the social distance rule. Disinfection procedures are repeated frequently after the museums open. Visitors enter the museum with a mask, and an online reservation method is introduced to limit the number of visitors coming. The amount of time in which the museums were shut down has been added to the Museumcard accounts. You can contact our locals and get detailed information about the museums and other touristic places under the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism.

Measures in Istanbul did not really force anyone. The majority of Turkish people take off their shoes when entering the house. As soon as they enter the house, they wash their hands and faces first. Some of them even change their clothes. The sensitivity to cleanliness shows itself even more in accommodation areas and restaurants. Therefore, Turkey stands out among the countries where you can feel very comfortable.

Although it was good for us to stay in our homes during the coronavirus period, we started to miss each other over time. Moreover, the global extent of this disease made us feel the same not only with the people around us but also with people we’ve never met in another continent. This reminded the world of the concept “we” instead of distant concepts such as “you – me”. Because we opposed the disease together. We called each other from our homes all over the world. We were all scared of the same thing. In addition, nature renewed itself as we stayed in our homes. Air and sea became a little bit clearer. We are now more sensitive to each other and to the environment. Our awareness of health has increased. Living healthy has become a trend. Everyone understood the importance of their families. We realized that our freedoms are also interdependent. In other words, the post corona period will start a “new awareness” for anyone of us which includes saying “us” instead of “me/you/them”, giving more importance to our personal hygiene and healthcare systems.

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