Turkey’s Interior Ministry implemented new measures at marketplaces Friday as part of efforts to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak.

In marketplaces offering staple foods or cleaning materials, the sale of non-essential items will not be allowed, according to a circular.

Fresh vegetables and fruits sold unpackaged in marketplaces must be packaged by the sellers, avoiding customer contact with the items.

The sale of non-essential items such as clothing, toys, ornaments and bags will be temporarily suspended as of March 27 at 17:00 (1400 GMT).

At least three meters distance must be left between stalls to reduce the density in

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