Egypt makes wearing face masks in courts, real estate registration offices mandatory

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 25 Apr 2020

Real Estate Registration
Real Estate Registration Administration (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt’s Minister of Justice Omar Marwan instructed wearing face masks and maintaining a distance between the employees and public in courts and real estate registration offices when they resume work.

The precautionary measure is adopted for the safety of the people amid the coronavirus crisis, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The Egyptian government has decided on Thursday to resume government services that were suspended by the state.

The government will re-operate real estate registration offices nationwide starting Sunday, limiting their services to official lease contracts, ratification of trade records, depositing and unsealing enclosed wills, authorisation for pensions, and disclosures.

Some courts will also re-open on Sunday, albeit only for inheritance claims.

Traffic departments will operate starting Sunday for licensing new vehicles only.

The interior ministry said on Friday that face masks are a "requirement" for people going to traffic departments.

The government shortened on Thursday the coronvirus curfew hours to start from 9pm instead of 8pm on Friday, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
The government also said it will gradually ease restrictions to help return life to normal gradually after the Eid Al-Fitr religious holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Earlier this week, parliament initially approved a new law giving the health minister or health authorities in general the power to make it obligatory for citizens to wear face masks and follow other preventive measures while outside their homes.

Violators will be fined between EGP 300 and EGP 5,000 under the legislation.

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