Egypt extends operating hours of cafes, restaurants until midnight from July 26 -statement

Waiters wait for an order at a cafe in the Egyptian capital Cairo, after authorities relaxed the lockdown measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. (File/AFP)
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Updated 22 July 2020

Egypt extends operating hours of cafes, restaurants until midnight from July 26 -statement

CAIRO: Egypt has extended the operating hours of cafes and restaurants from 10:00 p.m. to midnight while allowing them to operate at 50% capacity starting July 26, the cabinet said in a statement on Wednesday.
The operating hours of stores, including malls, were also extended until 10:00 p.m., the statement said.
Egypt had reduced operating hours in its initial reopening phase to limit public gatherings and curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Libya’s NOC lifts force majeure on El-Feel oilfield

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Libya’s NOC lifts force majeure on El-Feel oilfield

  • NOC said it expected its total oil output to reach 800,000 barrels per day within two weeks
BENGHAZI: Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on Monday it had lifted force majeure on the El-Feel oilfield and that by doing so it had ended all the closures of oilfields and ports that resulted from an eight-month blockade by eastern forces.
NOC said on Friday it expected its total oil output to reach 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) within two weeks and 1 million bpd within four weeks after lifting force majeure on the ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider.
The blockade was imposed in January by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and ended in September when he agreed to reopen oil facilities after talks with members of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
NOC has been gradually lifting force majeure in facilities where fighters no longer remained and restarting production in them.
On Sunday a first tanker in eight months docked at Al-Zawiya port and began loading, an engineer there said, after force majeure was lifted last week on Sharara, Libya’s biggest oilfield.
Al-Waha Oil Co, an NOC company, also said on Sunday a first tanker was bound for Es Sider and may dock there early on Tuesday.
Force majeure refers to unexpected external circumstances that prevent a party to a contract, in this case NOC, from meeting its obligations.