Turkmenistan bans wearing masks of any color other than white

Residents of Ashgabat, as well as the Lebap and Balkan velayats, are prohibited from wearing masks of any color other than white, Turkmen news reports .

Officials and schoolchildren of Turkmenabat were told that they must wear only white masks. From February 6 to February 18, inspections are carried out in schools. If the inspectors find children without masks or wearing non-white masks, then teachers and the director will be reprimanded.

In the Balkan velayat, in schools and kindergartens in the cities of Turkmenbashi and Garabogaz, staff were also instructed to strictly monitor children, and meetings were held with parents, at which they announced that children should only wear medical masks.

In December, the publication's sources in Ashgabat reported that traffic police stopped drivers with a demand that they wear only white masks. In January, it became known that the capital's police began to impose similar requirements on pedestrians, as well as on university students and schoolchildren. The fine for wearing a mask of a different color is 50 manats.

For what reason colored masks are prohibited is not explained.

Previously, the official TV channels of the Turkmen state television showed TV reports about textile shops selling masks of different colors, including those with patterns. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also wore not only white, but also colored masks, matching them to the color of his clothes.

It should be noted that since January 2018, residents of Turkmenistan have been banned from driving cars of all colors except white or light gray. This requirement is not formalized by law and the reasons for its introduction are also not explained.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan