Parks, beaches will be closed on Sham El-Nessim due to pandemic

Several governors of Egypt’s 27 governorates, including the capital, have already issued directives on Friday to close public parks and beaches ahead of the Sham El-Nessim celebration as the country has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases.

Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim as one of the oldest annual occasions after Easter Sunday. This year, it comes on Monday 3rd May and it will also be a public holiday.

Especially before the coronavirus pandemic, Egyptian families used to get together and head to parks, beaches and other public places to share food and enjoy the open air.

Governors of Cairo, Alexandria, Qalyoubia, Damietta and Sohag all issued directives to close public parks and beaches as part of the state’s strategy to curb the coronavirus spread as well as maintain the safety of its citizens.