Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on Tuesday that citizens are obliged to wear face masks in public for two weeks starting from 30 May. Those who are found without face masks whilst in public will face fines of up to EGP 4,000 and possible imprisonment.
In a statement, the cabinet extended the nationwide night time curfew from 20:00 to 06:00 daily, for a further two weeks after the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, which will take place from 24 to 29 May.
The extensive closures, night time curfew and obligation for face masks come as part of the country’s ongoing precautionary measures.
All cafes, casinos and nightclubs, public parks, and beaches will remain closed, while restaurants will only be able to run delivery and takeaway services. Government services will also be suspended, and malls and commercial shops will be closed from 17:00 to 6:00. International air traffic from all airports in Egypt will remain suspended.
Bakeries, groceries and pharmacies are excluded from the shutdowns and closures, the cabinet statement added.
Further precautionary measures will be imposed during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, including the suspension of public transport, and closures of restaurants, malls, public parks, and beaches from 24 to 29 May.