Egypt to relax restrictions on mass gatherings starting next week

Egypt will allow Public wedding celebrations, funeral prayers, expos, and some sports and educational activities to resume next week for the first time since March with all the customary precautionary measures in place.

What the new decisions cover

Hotels and tourist establishments that have passed health and safety checks will be permitted, starting Monday, to host outdoor weddings with no more than 300 guests, and meeting and conference venues will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity or with no more than 150 attendees.

Meanwhile, funeral prayers will resume at mosques that have open courts, and funerals in street tents will be permitted to operate provided they’re ventilated from all sides and adhere to capacity restrictions.

Sporting clubs and youth centers will reopen swimming pools and day-care centers, and adult education and literacy courses will also be back in session. Training for second-division football teams will also be allowed to restart.

Sheeshas will still be banned at cafes until a covid-19 vaccine or other adequate treatment is found, cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad said.

Parents will get the chance to attend the annual ‘Welcome Schools’ expo, which will be held on 20-27 September at the Cairo Fair Zone in Nasr City. The Alexandria Book Fair, meanwhile, will be held on 1-10 October, becoming the first mass cultural event since the start of the pandemic.