As part of the anti-virus measures the number of people allowed to enter Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Avenue will be restricted according to local authorities.

The very popular avenue both with residents and tourists will now only be allowed to have 7,000 pedestrians on its streets at any one time.

It is said that tens of thousands of people flock to the avenue for shopping and entertainment despite the coronavirus outbreak.

It was already announced by the government earlier this week that the number of people who can enter crowded streets and squares will be limited by local authorities across the country.

The health board in the Beyoglu district, where the avenue is located, has taken a decision in line with the new curbs, restricting entrance to the pedestrian avenue and this new regulation will come into force today (December 3rd).

Authorities will observe the crowd with drones to make sure that there is only one person in a 3 square meter space on the avenue.

If the number of people on the avenues exceeds the targeted number, the avenue will be sealed off.

People will enter and exit the avenue from different entrances.

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