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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Beginning with tourist governorates, Egypt could gradually resume international travel next month

Egypt could gradually reopen airspace to international flights next month, starting with coastal tourism destinations: Egypt could begin allowing international flights to and from three tourist governorates — Red Sea, South Sinai, and Matrouh — as of 1 July, depending on which governorates have the lowest numbers of covid-19 cases, Cabinet said on Thursday. The resumption is not a certainty, and will only be confirmed at the end of June. Look for charter flights to go first before regularly commercial routes resume, we suspect.

Houses of worship may partially reopen next month, too, as the Madbouly government’s covid-19 crisis management committee will weigh whether to allow the faithful to go back to mosques and churches in governorates and select areas with low rates of infection.

The nighttime curfew is now one hour shorter, running 8pm-4am as of today, according to a separate Cabinet statement. Factory workers and trucks carrying petroleum products or commercial goods will continue to be exempt from the curfew. No public transport will run during curfew hours.

Other measures in place until the end of June:

  • Citizen-facing government services that have yet to resume will continue to be suspended;
  • Grocery stores, bakeries, and pharmacies will continue to operate around the clock, with the exception of those inside malls, which will be allowed to operate between 6am and 6pm;
  • Restaurants and cafes will remain closed until the end of the month, as will entertainment venues and public parks and beaches. Food outlets can still offer takeaway services outside of curfew hours, and deliver around the clock;
  • On-site learning at schools and universities will remain suspended until the end of the month (at which point the academic year will be over);
  • Thanaweya Amma exams will be held on 21 June with precautionary measures as was previously announced;
  • Sporting clubs will remain closed, but are allowed to accept applications and payments for new memberships and the renewal of existing memberships.

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