Egyptian Prime Minister gradually lifts lockdown measures

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced in a press conference on Tuesday that there will be new precautionary measures in place to be implemented starting from June 27.

These measures include reopening restaurants and cafes at only 25 percent of customer capacity, as a first step toward gradually reopening.

Shisha smoking will remain banned.

Hotels will be reopened at 50 percent occupancy rates.

Shops and commercial malls will close at nine pm.

Restaurants and cafes will close at 10 pm.

Places which witness congestion, such as parks and beaches, will remain closed for a temporary period.

Mass transportation will operate from nine am until midnight.

Houses of worship will reopen for daily rituals with precautionary measures like closing toilets and affiliated halls, but weekly collective rituals such as Friday mosque prayers and Sunday church prayers will remain suspended.

Clubs and youth centers will be opened for sports practice with a capacity rate of 25 percent.

Cultural facilities and cinemas will be reopen at 25 percent of its capacity.

These measures will be reassessed depending on the situation and the country’s rate of infection, Madbouly said.

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