Coronavirus restrictions tightened for Eid in Egypt

World Grigory Matyunin 18-May-2020
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The curfew will be extended by four hours and public transport brought to a halt for six days during Eid celebrations in order to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

Shops, parks and beaches will be shut as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end and freedom of movement will be limited at least two further weeks, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stated on Sunday.

12,229 cases have been reported in Egypt including 630 deaths. The number of daily new cases has increased after the night curfew and other restrictions were relaxed. 510 cases were reported on Sunday according to Egyptian health authorities.

Some public places such as sports clubs and restaurants may be reopened from mid June, Madbouly has said. Religious gatherings may also be permitted to resume.

After Eid celebrations come to an end, the curfew will go back to 8pm-6am as it stood prior to the holy month of Ramadan.

Those entering enclosed public spaces or utilising public transport will be required to wear a face mask for protection. The government, Madbouly has said, is working on mass production of masks for general use.