Amid fears of a second Coronavirus wave in Egypt ahead of winter, the government has slashed the workforce in public institutions in all governorates.
Employees, however, will receive their full salaries and financial entitlements, and paid leaves should not be affected.
Priority should be given to people suffering from chronic diseases, according to the government’s directives in November.
In remarks to the media on Monday, Khaled Qassem, the assistant minister of local development said decisions in this regard were issued two weeks ago to the governorates, including the need to adhere to other preventive measures such as maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding crowded places.
The decision comes in light of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s directives earlier this month, allowing ministries to take the procedures they believe are required to reduce crowding in workplaces.
Madbouly, in a cabinet meeting on 18 November, said each of the government’s institutions should have full flexibility to determine the number of employees in attendance per working hours according to work circumstances and without compromising the quality of services provided to citizens.
He also urged imposing penalties on those violating the preventive measures.
In Menoufiya, Governor Ibrahim Abu-Limon said that employees’ attendance will be reduced by 25 percent, after people with chronic diseases and pregnant women are excluded from work.
In Gharbiya, Governor Tarek Rahmy said the reduction will reach 50 percent, and each day will be divided to two shifts: from 8 AM to 2 PM and from 2 PM to 8 PM.
Also, those suffering from chronic diseases in Gharbiya, or those showing Coronavirus symptoms will be granted open leaves, the governor said. The latter will not be allowed to enter to their workplaces unless they show negative PCR results.
So far, Egypt has reported 115,541 Coronavirus cases, 6636 related deaths, and 102,596 recoveries since the pandemic started in Egypt in February.
The government in March had decided to reduce the attendance of the employees in the public sector amid introduced coronavirus restrictions. Also, classes at schools and universities nationwide had been suspended over the past school year.