Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya on Friday launched alternate working hours for public servants in a bid to halt a resurgence in Corona Virus instances by decreasing crowds on mass transit automobiles throughout rush hour.
Speaking in a information convention, Yerlikaya mentioned all municipality employees would work between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as a substitute of the standard Eight a.m. to five p.m., beginning Sept. 24.
He additionally mentioned well being employees at public hospitals would work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., whereas police, gendarmerie and coast guard officers may have their shifts begin at 7 a.m.
“All different personnel at our public institutes will work from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,” he introduced.
Regarding the non-public sector, Yerlikaya mentioned all authorities businesses and associated events agreed on alternate working hours within the non-public sector as nicely and that an announcement will probably be made as soon as the main points are finalized.
Meanwhile, as Turkey prepares to partially open faculties for kindergarten and first-grade college students, Yerlikaya mentioned lessons would begin with a 30-minute delay at 9:30 a.m.
The determination in Istanbul adopted an identical transfer by the capital Ankara’s governorate final week, which launched new working hours for public sector businesses final week to forestall clusters of workers from being within the workplace on the identical time.
The alternate working hours started to be thought of after mass transit use elevated following Turkey’s normalization course of which kicked off in June.
According to Mustafa Ilıcalı, the pinnacle of the Mass Transportation Scientific Advisory Board of Istanbul’s governorate, non-public sector workers represent 60% of all mass transit use in Turkey’s most populous metropolis.
“The variety of passengers dropped to a whole lot of hundreds from hundreds of thousands within the early months of the pandemic, however they rose once more after normalization,” Ilıcalı remarked.
“Mass transportation capability is insufficient, particularly throughout peak hours. We have to scale back demand. We see some 500,000 individuals take the metrobus every day, for occasion,” Ilıcalı mentioned to Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Monday.
Previous precautions taken by the federal government embrace a latest order to restrict the variety of standing passengers in mass transit automobiles in a bid to scale back crowding.