Egypt’s South Sinai nature reserves reopened for visitors on Sunday, following a four-month-long closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Nabq, Saint Catherine, Taba, Ras Mohamed, and Abu Galum nature reserves witnessed a large turnout on the first day after reopening to visitors.
The South Sinai Reserve Guards organized vehicle access and informed visitors about precautionary measures, including social distancing and the need to put protective face masks.
The number of visitors to nature reserves of South Sinai is estimated to be one million annually.
The reserves feature picturesque landscapes and rare coral reefs.
The Nabq and Abu Galum reserves underwent a comprehensive development process, including constructing rest houses, paving roads, and installing sign-boards.
For his part, the director of the South Sinai reserves, Mohamed Kotb, said that all five South Sinai reserves reopened to the public on Sunday after a decision by Egypt’s Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm