Egypt's gov't employees to get longer Eid Al-Fitr holiday

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 May 2020

Egypt on Monday will give government employees a five-day paid holiday for Eid Al-Fitr, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad told Al Hadath TV.

The annual Islamic holiday, which is customary to be three days long, will be extended this year to five days. With two weekends either side of the holiday, government employees will be off from 22 to 29 May, he explained.

Egypt announced stricter measures during the religious feast, including extending its curfew hours and a full suspension of public transportation to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The nationwide curfew will begin at 5 pm instead of the current 9 pm starting from Sunday – expected to be the first day of Eid – until Friday, Madbouly said in a televised briefing.

All shops, malls, beaches and parks will be completely shut, Madbouly said, adding that public transportation will be suspended throughout the six-day period, which runs until 29 May. 

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