With the coronavirus outbreak still going strong in Egypt and the infection rate still on the rise, the Egyptian government is taking measures to reduce crowding during the Eid El-Fitr religious holiday, which is expected to begin on 24 May.
Ahram Online has made a list of the new measures adopted to curb the spread of the virus during Eid.
- The nationwide curfew has been prolonged by four hours to now begin at 5pm and run until 6am from 24 till 29 May.
- All shops, malls, beaches, parks, public gardens and other recreational venues will be completely shut during the six-day period.
- All public transportation modes will be out of service from 24 till 29 May.
- Coach trips and intercity trains will be suspended.
- The mass Eid El-Fitr prayers will be performed at home this year as mosques continue to be closed.
- Wearing protective face masks will be mandatory in public places starting 30 May, with violators to face penalties.
- Citizens will not be allowed to enter institutions or take private or public transportation without masks.
- The curfew will be shortened once again following the week of Eid to start at 8pm and run until 6am for another two weeks, until mid-June.
- As of 30 May, shops and malls will once again be allowed to open through the week but will be required to close at 5pm.
- As of mid-June, restaurants, sporting clubs and youth centres will be allowed to reopen .
- Reopening places of worship and resuming religious activities will be considered starting mid-June.
- High school (thanaweya amma) exams will be postponed for two weeks to start on 21 June.