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FACTBOX: Egypt's anti-coronavirus measures during Eid and beyond

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 May 2020
People wearing protective face masks push shopping trollies inside a Carrefour hypermarket, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, Egypt May 15, 2020. REUTERS
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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.

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