ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has canceled an earlier decision to impose a new, two-day weekend curfew in 15 of the country’s provinces.
Erdogan said on Twitter Friday that the curfew would “lead to different social and economic consequences.”
He did not elaborate but the surprise announcement earlier Friday caused confusion, with many people scrambling to cancel train or air tickets or other weekend travel plans.
Erdogan said: “I did not find it in my heart to allow our citizens who started to reorganize their daily lives after a 2 1/2-month break, to suffer.”
He however urged people to wear masks, abide by social distancing and maintain good hygiene. This week, domestic air travel resumed, restaurants began welcoming sit-in customers and beaches, swimming pools, parks, gyms and museums reopened.