Istanbul’s iconic Grand Bazaar set to reopen on June 1
Fatih Kurtulmuş, chairman of the Grand Bazaar’s (Kapalıçarşı) board, told reporters inside the 500-plus-year-old building about new measures to step up protections when visitors return.
Seen as the world’s first shopping mall, the bazaar closed on March 23 as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has taken over a quarter-million lives worldwide.
Highlighting only half of 21 doors of the bazaar will be open for visitors as of June 1, Kurtulmuş said: “We will start hosting our visitors in a controlled manner.”
“When the Grand Bazaar opens on June 1, visitors will not be allowed in without wearing a mask and their fever will be measured, also social distance rules will be enforced,” he said as the historic destination attracts around 150,000 people daily.
Seven people among Grand Bazaar tradesmen died due to coronavirus, Kurtulmuş said.
One of Istanbul's top tourist attractions, the Grand Bazaar is located inside the old city of Istanbul and has 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops.