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Street vendors ‘still banned’ from Downtown Cairo, says governor amid police raids

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Apr 2020
Downtown Cairo

Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal said on Tuesday that street vendors are still banned from working in Downtown Cairo, as part of the steps taken to stop public gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor also requested shopkeepers stop big public gatherings and organise the business of shopping in order to avoid crowds in Downtown Cairo’s El-Mousky and Attaba districts, which host two of Cairo’s biggest street markets.

Abdel-Aal made the statements when he took part in a security raid in cooperation with Cairo security directorate to “restore order” in El-Mousky and Attaba.

Two weeks ago, Cairo governorate emptied the market of street vendors for the first time. The armed forces also sent units to sanitise the area.

Photos and videos circulated on Sunday and Monday showed the return of the street market in Attaba and Mouski squares.

According to estimations, there are at least 40,000 street vendors in the area.

Egypt has imposed a night-time curfew since March among several strict measures to contain the new virus.

On Tuesday Egypt has recorded a total of 2,350 coronavirus cases, including 178 deaths.  

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