Egypt Independent

Egypt orders additional curfew measures for Easter holiday



Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on Thursday that the government will institute additional curfew measures for the Easter holiday on Monday, April 20.

The measures will be similar to those already in place on Fridays and Saturdays, and will include the closure of parks and beaches, the suspension of public transportation, and the application of a curfew from eight pm to six am the following day.

Madbouly added, in a press conference on Thursday evening, that officials will continue to check that people are obeying the ordinance, part of an ongoing effort to follow up on the implementation of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“We noticed large numbers of Egyptians in the streets during the past three days, which raises concern. Citizens should avoid crowding the streets,” Madbouly said. 

“We are keen on continuing to control the coronavirus in Egypt,” he added. “Stores, malls, beaches, and parks will be completely closed on Monday, and all public transportation, whether metro, rail or river transport, will be suspended.”

 

The Egyptian government previously extended its nationwide curfew until April 23 as part of its precautionary measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The hours of the curfew were also amended, and are now from eight pm until six am, part of an effort to reduce overcrowding in the hours before the curfew’s start time.

All measures regarding the closure of stores, the suspension of air traffic, the continued closure of schools, and the reduction of employees in state-owned companies will continue during this period.

Businesses will be closed from five pm until six am during the week, and will be subjected to a complete closure on Fridays and Saturdays. All means of public and private transportation will continue to be suspended during curfew hours.

The business closures do not include bakeries, pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets outside of shopping centers. Restaurants will continue to be limited to delivery only.

Journalists and media workers, doctors, healthcare and emergency services workers are exempted from the curfew.