CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Assem Al-Jazzar instructed authorities to close all parks and beaches in cities during the Sham El-Nessim holiday, as part of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Sham El-Nessim is a national holiday, when many Egyptians gather in public spaces for picnics.
Al-Jazzar stressed the need to raise the level of preparedness during the holiday period, vowing to inspect malls, restaurants and cafes to ensure the implementation of regulations to fight the pandemic, according to a press release.
The minister said that any violations should be dealt with firmly, whether it is in restaurants and coffee shops or it is people not wearing masks, especially on public transportation.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly urged the country’s governors to apply precautionary measures strictly.
Madbouly stressed the need to maintain the ban on large events and gatherings, and keep parks, gardens and beaches closed during the Sham El-Nessim vacation.
He called on citizens to be careful during the pandemic and to adhere to preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus.
The Egyptian Cabinet statement stated that Madbouly instructed all governors to also check on the availability of medicines, medical supplies and oxygen.