Major General Mohamed El Sherif, Governor of Alexandria, issued strict instructions on Friday to the Central Administration for Tourism & Resorts headed by Gamal Rashad, to close all the beaches of Alexandria in front of the public on Saturday, after a number of citizens took advantage of the current vacation period -amid Coronavirus fears – to go out to the beaches in addition to organizing trips from the neighboring governorates to Alexandria beaches.
El Sherif said that this decision is a part of a package of precautionary measures taken by the government to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, and to preserve the safety of citizens.
On the other hand, Gamal Rashad; the head of the Central Administration for Tourism & Resorts, explained that some families in the beaches were contacted to inquire about the reasons for their presence, as they expressed that they are present on the beaches as a kind of venting under the current circumstances.
He stressed that all those present on the beaches were aware of the danger of gatherings, regardless of their location, so all people understood the reasons for this decision and know why the beaches will be closed.
The social media has published pictures of citizens on the beaches of Alexandria on Friday, showing that they were taking advantage of sun shine and better weather conditions, although this might expose them to the risk of infection with the Corona virus, amid comments denouncing this surprising behavior from the pioneers of the media, and calls for the intervention of the relevant authorities to prevent similar trips, whether on the Corniche or the beaches.