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Egypt's coronavirus curfew - what you can and can't do

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 24 Mar 2020
COVID-19
A person walks in front of closed shops, after Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly ordered all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, night clubs, shopping malls and shops to shut their doors from 07:00 p.m. due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Cairo, Egypt March 19, 2020. (Reuters)
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Egypt has ramped up measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, declaring a curfew from 7pm to 6am for two weeks starting Wednesday 25 March.

Below are details of the curfew, announced by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on television on Tuesday.

What you can do

- People are still allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic necessities or go to work during the daytime between 6am and 7pm, using public or private transportation.

- Trips to shops are allowed until their closing time at 5pm.

- People can use delivery services for any type of goods until 7pm.

- Go to the banks if you need to as they are opened from 9:30 t0 1:30 

 What you can't do

- People should not leave their homes, travel to and from work or use public or private transportation from 7pm to 6am.

- Malls will be closed on weekdays after 5pm and all day on Friday and Saturday.

- People should not visit any kind of entertainment facility such as coffee shops, clubs, bars or restaurants, at any time.

- They cannot not go to sporting clubs and gyms at any time.

- They should not gather for any type of education purpose, as the suspension of schools, universities, nurseries and all education centres has been extended for another two weeks.

- They cannot go to any government office for any public service, except for health offices. All expired documents that need to be renewed will be excused.

- They cannot travel abroad, as all international commercial flights will continue to be grounded for another two weeks until mid-April.

 Who is exempt

- All hospital and health care centres, both public or private.

- Those with emergencies, such as major health problems.

- Medical staff and media personnel.

- Supermarkets, pharmacies and bakeries are exempt from the closure

- Vehicles transporting food commodities, medical and oil supplies can move freely at any time of the day.

 How the government will enforce the measures

Authorities have the power to impose penalties on violators under the country’s emergency law, including an EGP 4,000 fine ($255) or a prison sentence.

Measures include:

- Immediate fines, dispersal of gatherings or arrests.

- Closing of shops.

- Stopping any public social events or gatherings.

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