TURKEY’S ERDOGAN ANNOUNCES ONE-TIME PAYMENTS FOR BUSINESS HIT BY PANDEMIC

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday announced one-off payments totalling some 4.6 billion lira to several sectors that were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including cafes, restaurants and musicians.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said cafes, wedding venues and theme parks, among other businesses hit by the pandemic, would be given a one-off payment of 5,000 lira.

He said restaurants, cab drivers, barbers, musicians, car washes and others would receive 3,000 lira.

Erdogan also announced additional support for the agriculture sector.

Turkey emerged on Monday from a full lockdown that lasted nearly three weeks, during which many businesses were closed. A daily curfew and weekend lockdowns will remain in place until June.