A total of 144 tourist restaurants and cafeterias have received the health and safety certificate required to reopen, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said on Sunday.
Egypt’s gradual comes as part of the state’s plan to co-exist with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and reopen the country to daily activities after three months of lockdowns and a night-time curfew.
The certificates were awarded following the verification that they have followed the health guidelines outlined by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Abdel Fattah Al-Assi, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for monitoring tourism facilities, said the step comes on the back of decisions issued by the Supreme Committee for the management of the coronavirus crisis.
The committee, which is headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, has allowed for restaurants and cafeterias to reopen at a maximum of 25% of their capacity. The step, which came into effect on Saturday, places an emphasis on adhering to all health requirements and permitted operating times.
Al-Assi pointed out that inspection committees continue their visits to restaurants and cafeterias that have submitted requests to reopen.
In mid-June, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the requirements and health and safety controls for the resumption of incoming tourism to Egypt. These requirements are being applied across all hotels and tourism establishments in Egypt, as well as airports, Egyptian-run airlines, archaeological sites, museums and various tourist activities.