El-Qanater El-Khayreya gardens to remain closed during Eid: Irrigation ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 May 2020

Qanater Al-Khayria
Egyptians sit next to a river bank in a park to celebrate the third day of Eid el-Adha in the city of Qanater Al-Khayria in the province of Qalioubia on August 23, 2018 (Photo: AFP)

Egypt’s irrigation ministry will extend the closure of its Qanater El-Khayreya public garden during the Muslim Eid El-Fitr holiday in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Egypt has closed parks and public gardens and banned public gatherings since March as part of restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. These include gardens belonging to the irrigation ministry, most notably those in El-Qanater El-Khayreya, a popular holiday destination in Qalioubia governorate.

The ministry’s decision came during a ministerial meeting held via video conference on Sunday to prepare measures for the three-day Eid holiday, the cabinet said in a statement.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast," which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The first day of Eid Al-Fitr this year is expected to fall on 24 May.

Later on Sunday, a coronavirus crisis management committee chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly is expected to announce the state's plan for restrictive measures, including the ongoing curfew, following Ramadan and during the Eid holiday.

Egypt extended on 7 May a nationwide nighttime curfew by two more weeks until the end of Ramadan.

The curfew was first introduced in March as part of a series of measures to curtail the spread of the virus, and has been extended since. Other measures include halting international flights, shuttering schools and universities, closing churches and mosques and banning public gatherings.

Coronavirus has so far infected over 11,719 people and killed 612 people since its outbreak in Egypt in mid-February.

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