March 16, 2020 / 3:16 PM / 22 days ago

Turkey to temporarily close gyms, cafes, cinemas -interior ministry

FILE PHOTO: A worker in a protective suit disinfects the St. Antuan Catholic church in Istanbul, Turkey March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is temporarily closing cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, gyms and other venues as of midnight Monday as a precaution to halt spread of coronavirus, Turkish interior ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry also said that all gatherings and activities by non-governmental organisations will be postponed.

Reporting by Mert Ozkan; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans

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