File- Cairo's Attaba Metro Station - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today
CAIRO - 1 April 2022: The working hours of the Cairo metro will extend for an extra hour until 2 AM during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr starting Saturday.
The Cairo metro, which run currently on three lines, will start operation at 5:15 AM.
Over the holy month and during Eid, all shops, malls, restaurants and cafes will be open for public until 2:00 a.m., said the Egyptian Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy in a statement on Friday.
Meanwhile, the takeaway and home delivery services of restaurants and cafés operate for 24 hours a day, the ministry’s decision said. As for workshops at the residential blocks, they should close at 10:00 p.m.
The decision excludes workshops on the roads and gas stations.
Grocery stores, supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies are not subject to the aforementioned closure times. They run over the 24 hours daily.
Mahmoud Shaarawy directed the governors to apply the precautionary and preventive measures for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to preserve the safety and health of citizens during the holy month of Ramadan.
After a two-Ramadan hiatus due to Covid-19, Cairo began receiving requests of holding Mawaid el-Rahman, or charity iftars, this Ramadan.
Big tables that have different types of foods are offered for free for anyone to join at the call of Maghrib prayer, announcing the time for Muslims to break their fasting. The guests are usually the poor or people who did not go home in time.
The first day of the holy month of Ramadan will start on Saturday. Muslims, during the 29/30 days of the holy month, stop eating or drinking everything from dawn to sunset.
The Egyptian government has decided to lift a ban imposed on Ramadan charity banquets known as “Mawaid Al-Rahman” where poor people gather in streets around huge tables of cooked food.
This comes after two years of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government will also allow sermons after the afternoon prayer and night prayers during Ramadan and will allow restaurants and cafes to remain opening their doors until 2 A.M.
As per the government’s decisions, weddings at the hotels’ indoor halls will be allowed under precautionary measures against the pandemic.
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