Egypt sets new shop hours amid second coronavirus wave fears

Egypt sets new shop hours amid second coronavirus wave fears
Egypt’s government has set limited working hours for shops amid growing coronavirus cases and fears over a second virus wave. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 December 2020

Egypt sets new shop hours amid second coronavirus wave fears

Egypt sets new shop hours amid second coronavirus wave fears
  • On Tuesday evening, Egyptian newspapers and channels shared pictures of closed shops following the new decision
  • Restaurants, cafes and bazaars will open from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. in the summer and winter on Thursdays and Fridays

CAIRO: Egypt’s government has set limited working hours for shops amid growing coronavirus cases and fears over a second virus wave.
The decision means that, starting from Dec. 1, commercial shops, public restaurants, cafes, workshops, handicrafts and malls will be forced to follow the government’s new opening and closing times.
On Tuesday evening, Egyptian newspapers and channels shared pictures of closed shops following the new decision.
Under the new regulations, shops and malls will start operating at 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. in the summer and from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the winter.
As for bazaars and restaurants, they will begin operating at 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. in the summer and from 5 a.m. until 12 a.m. in the winter.
Workshops are to operate from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the summer and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the winter.
On Thursdays and Fridays, shops and malls will operate from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the summer and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the winter.
Restaurants, cafes and bazaars will open from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. in the summer and winter on Thursdays and Fridays.
Supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and pharmacies are excluded from the regulations, and takeaway and home delivery services will continue to operate 24 hours a day throughout the year.
Khaled Abdel Aal, the governor of Cairo, conducted a tour on Tuesday in a number of areas and neighborhoods, including the downtown area and Nasr City, to ensure that shops abide by the closing times set by the Egyptian Cabinet.
During the tour, Abdel Aal warned that neighborhood chiefs should intensify measures to monitor the implementation of measures and take necessary legal measures against potential violations.
Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy directed governors to apply the new closing times and called on all stores, restaurants and malls to adhere to the instructions.
Shaarawy warned Egyptian governorates of the necessity of coordination with security directorates and executive bodies to ensure compliance with the new regulations.