The Egyptian government, chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, has slightly revised an imposed nighttime curfew to run until 5 am instead of a previous 6 am starting Sunday, Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal announced.
Heikal’s statements came during a press conference held at the ministry’s headquarters in Cairo on developments related to governmental efforts to combat the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a cabinet meeting attended by Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and other ministers, Madbouly announced that the new decision of the COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday.
All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), entertainment avenues, and other local shops will remain closed, the decision added.
The newly announced curfew hours come one day after Egypt began imposing on Saturday a nationwide curfew that begins at 8 pm instead of a previous 5 pm for two weeks, marking a gradual reopening of a country heavily affected by the coronavirus repercussions.
Wearing face masks in public places has become mandatory since Saturday, with violators facing hefty fines.
Face masks are mandatory for workers or visitors at markets, shops, banks, as well as governmental or private institutions until further notice, according to a decree by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly earlier this month.
The decree also states that commuters taking public or private transportation must also wear face masks.
Those who do not not wear a mask will be subject to a fine up to EGP 4,000.