What Precautions To Take While On Vacation
As the pandemic entered the decline period in Turkey, the tourism industry has awakened. Nevertheless, there are extra precautions we need to take while going on vacation during this period, which is called "the new normal". Let's talk about the necessary preparations for a peaceful holiday.
If you are going to use any transportation other than your car (such as plane, bus, or train) during the pandemic, you should start by examining the recommendations of the related company (such as Turkish State Railways or airlines such as THY and Pegasus). In addition to those you should also:
• Always wear a mask.
• Disinfect the area you will be traveling on.
• Keep your hands clean during the journey.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• Prefer the seats by the window.
• Do not use the toilets unless absolutely necessary.
Most essential: Facility selection
Undoubtedly, the choice of the facility is one of the most critical measures you should take for a safe holiday. You should start by checking that the facility you choose complies with the measures required by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Health. Facilities that comply with the measures enforced by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism receive a "Safe Tourism Certificate." You should confirm that the facility you will be staying at has this certificate.
On the other hand, some tourism destination cities in Turkey have started their own certificate programs in addition to the Culture and Tourism Ministry's measures. Izmir is one of these cities.
To present healthy and reliable tourism in the city after the COVID-19 pandemic, The Orange Circle certification program has started for the restaurants, cafés, and hotels in Turkey's paradise-like holiday destination, Izmir.
Within the scope of the program, the Izmir Tourism Hygiene Board was establ1ished with the cooperation of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Izmir Foundation.
The Board formed by the representatives from the tourism industry and scientists determined the hygiene standards that must be fulfilled to carry out tourism services in a healthy way.
Businesses that meet these standards are entitled to receive the Orange Circle Certificate.
Thanks to the Orange Circle Certificate, restaurants, coffee shops, all other places that sell food products, and hotels that meet the technical and hygienic criteria are awarded. Thus, awareness is created for these businesses to be preferred and other businesses are encouraged to make the necessary adjustments to get the certificate.
Safe tourism with the Orange Circle
If you’d like to spend the summer in “Beautiful Izmir”, you can have a vacation with the peace of mind thanks to the Orange Circle program.
Within the program's accommodation facilities category, there are 101 criteria including the presence of protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and disinfectants in the hotel as well as measuring the body temperature of guests at the entrance of the hotel. Businesses in this category with a minimum 150 over 200 points are awarded the Orange Circle certificate.
In restaurants and bars category, on the other hand, there are 52 criteria including bread being served in packages, closed water bottle, air conditioners being regularly cleaned by authorized companies, and such. Businesses with a minimum of 75 over 100 points in this category are entitled to get the certificate.
In short, when you come to İzmir, you can choose the restaurants and hotels that have the Orange Circle certificate to be sure that your facility takes the necessary precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our citizens who currently live in Izmir can also use these businesses with the Orange Circle certificate to have a safe normalization period.