Decision to close Egypt’s shops, malls and cafes at 10 pm permanent

Egyptian government’s decision to close shops, malls and cafes at 10 pm will be permanent, regardless of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Spokesperson of the Egyptian Cabinet Walid Saad said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Tuesday said that clubs, coffee shops, and restaurants will be allowed to reopen starting June 27, and will operate until 10 pm daily, on the condition that they do not exceed a maximum capacity of 25 percent.

During a phone interview with the television program “Yahdoth Fi Masr” (Happening in Egypt), Saad pointed out that shops, malls, cafes and public areas in governorates that experience heavy tourism will be exempted from the 10 pm closing time.

Saad asserted that wearing face masks remains mandatory amid the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm 

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