FILE: Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli
CAIRO – 20 April 2020: Egypt’s government is aiming to impose some restrictions on some of the local markets to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, according to Cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad.
In statements to dmc private channel on Sunday night, Saad added that gatherings of any kind, including in markets, gardens or beaches are considered a violation to the government's precautionary decisions.
On April 17, the government decided to fine the violators of Sham el Nessim and Easter holiday’s precautionary measures with LE 4,000.
According to Egypt’s Cabinet, Monday, which marks Sham el Nessim, is considered a “paid leave”.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli announced on April 17 during a press conference the complete closure of public gardens and beaches on Sham el-Nessim holiday. He added that all the public transportation means will be suspended during the day, including Cairo Metro and National Railways.
“We understand the Egyptians' desire to celebrate the holiday; however, these decisions come for the favor of Egyptians amid fears of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak,” Madbouli said.
He added that the government aims to reduce social gatherings as much as possible which will eliminate the spread of COVID-19.
Madbouli explained that the government has been discussing these Easter decisions for the past three days, to maintain the current situation and not to witness any deterioration during the coming days.
“However, we were worried after seeing that Egyptians gathering in the streets,” Madbouli added, stressing the need for Easter’s complete closure decisions.
He said, “Therefore, we preferred to take more firm measures, including expanding the complete closure on cafes and shopping malls until Monday. Additionally, we will close all gardens, beaches and places that might witness social gatherings. We also decided to suspend all public transportations."
Madbouli wished all Egyptians happy holidays, and urged them to avoid gatherings in order to stay safe.