ANKARA (Reuters) – The Turkish government plans to send legislation to parliament early next week temporarily banning layoffs to reduce an expected jump in unemployment due to the spread of coronavirus, two senior officials told Reuters on Thursday.

One of the Turkish officials said a separate regulation is also planned to financially support small businesses such as barbers and restaurant owners barred from operating under coronavirus-related restrictions.

Reuters, citing sources, reported on Wednesday that draft legislation would ban layoffs for at least three months.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun; writing by Ezgi Erkoyun and Jonathan Spicer; editing by Ece Toksabay and Jason Neely

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