Images capture the joy on young people’s faces as minors are allowed out to play for the first time since April 3.

Turkey was quick to declare age-specific restrictions, closing all schools and universities across the country and implementing curfews to combat the spread of Covid-19.

On March 21, Turkey introduced stay-home orders for people above the age of 65. On April 3, Turkey restricted all those under the age of 20 to their homes.

Today, children under the age of 14 were allowed out for a limited time as the government gave permission for children to step out between 11am (0800 GMT) and 3pm, while still having to follow social distancing rules and remaining within proximity of their residence. Children in Turkey will be allowed to go out once again on May 20, for the same time period.

Here are some photos of the children who got to run around outside for the first time in months.

A child with a mask plays at Baris Park in Edirne, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
A child with a mask plays at Baris Park in Edirne, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (Gökhan Balcı / AA)
A child feeds pigeons at Tunali Hilmi Street in Ankara, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
A child feeds pigeons at Tunali Hilmi Street in Ankara, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (Doğukan Keskinkılınç / AA)
Children enjoy outdoor time at Tunali Hilmi Street in Ankara, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
Children enjoy outdoor time at Tunali Hilmi Street in Ankara, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (Doğukan Keskinkılınç / AA)
Children play at Macka Democracy Park in Istanbul, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
Children play at Macka Democracy Park in Istanbul, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (İsa Terli / AA)
Children ride bikes at Baris Park in Edirne, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
Children ride bikes at Baris Park in Edirne, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (Gökhan Balcı / AA)
Children play at Ortakoy Square in Istanbul, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
Children play at Ortakoy Square in Istanbul, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (Emrah Yorulmaz / AA)
Children enjoy outdoor time at Ataturk Kent Square in Aydin, Turkey on May 13, 2020.
Children enjoy outdoor time at Ataturk Kent Square in Aydin, Turkey on May 13, 2020. (Ferdi Uzun / AA)
Source: TRTWorld and agencies