File photo: a general view of the 6th of October Bridge (bottom) and Kasr El-Nil Bridge (top), which span the Nile River, Cairo, Egypt (photo: Reuters)
Parking will not be allowed on any Corniche road nationwide as of the start of Sunday's curfew hours, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
"Cars will not be allowed to park on any Corniche roads nationwide starting Sunday night, and these roads will be closed as of Monday morning with alternate paths provided," the statement said.
The ministry excluded Cairo, Giza and Assiut governorates from the closure decision, but the parking prohibition will include the three governorates.
Monday coincides with the traditional Sham El-Nessim holiday, which Egyptians usually celebrate with picnics in parks or other outdoor excursions.
Prior to the interior ministry's decision, the cabinet had announced that it is taking measures to prevent public gatherings on Sham El-Nessim to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Last Thursday, the cabinet announced that it would suspend all public transport on Monday, including buses, railways, the Cairo metro, and Nile transport, in addition to regional coach services between different parts of the country and to beach resorts.
All shops, malls, beaches, and public parks and gardens will also be completely closed.
"The lockdown rules implemented during the weekend will apply on [Sham El-Nessim], including closing shops, malls, public parks, gardens, beaches and all other entertainment venues," Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said in a televised press briefing on Thursday.
The country’s nighttime curfew, in place since 25 March, was initially set from 7 pm to 6 am, and has been shortened from 8 pm to 6 am.
These “tough” measures aim at preserving citizens’ health “given that we have noticed crowding in some areas during recent days,” the prime minister said.
On Saturday, the health ministry announced 188 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise to date, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 3,032, including 701 recoveries. The total number of fatalities stands at 224, after announcing 19 deaths on the same day.