Turkey tourists face £100 fine if caught not wearing face masks on holiday

TURKEY is introducing strict fines for anyone caught not wearing a mask.

Both nationals and tourists will face a 900 lira (£104) fine if they don't wear a face covering in public.

This includes outdoor spaces as well as shops and restaurants.

The current rules are in place across 81 provinces in Turkey, including Istanbul, Ankara and Muğla, where Bodrum, Dalaman and Marmaris are located.

While the first instance will be a warning, a second instance will result in the fine.

According to local media, a statement from one of the province's governors warned: "Wearing masks in public areas like squares, streets, parks, gardens, agricultural areas, public transport, and offices is compulsory as of June 3. Those who do not comply will be fined."

The strict mask rules have been introduced after a worrying rise in coronavirus cases across Turkey, with 187,685 cases and 4,950 deaths overall.

Yet beach resorts hope to attract tourists again this year after launching the new "Safe Tourism Certification" programme which will include health and hygiene requirements at airlines, airports and accommodation.

Flights are also beginning to resume from the UK.

Turkish Airlines relaunched flights between Turkey and the UK last week.

The airline will be flying three times a week from London Gatwick to Antalya on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

EasyJet has also launched cheap summer flights to Turkey starting from £30 each way.

A potential air bridge between the UK and Turkey could be implemented by July 15, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Until then, Brits are warned against all non-essential travel abroad and will be forced to quarantine for two weeks when returning to the UK.

Transparent social distancing 'bubbles' have sprung up in restaurants across Turkey in a bid to encourage customers to eat out again.

The huge plastic tents have been installed to cover individual tables – ensuring that close contact is only made with your entourage.

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