Egypt reopens hotels with restrictions

4th May 2020 (Last Updated May 4th, 2020 17:10)

Egypt has announced that some hotels can resume operations with several restrictions as the African country seeks to relax coronavirus-related restrictions and reopen the economy.

Egypt reopens hotels with restrictions
The hotels can operate at 25% capacity till the end of this month Credit:Marten Bjork on Unsplash.

Egypt has announced that some hotels can resume operations with several restrictions as the African country seeks to relax coronavirus-related restrictions and reopen the economy.

According to the new decision announced by the cabinet, the hotels can serve local tourists and can operate at a maximum capacity of 25% till the end of this month.

From 1 June, the capacity will be increased to 50%.

The hotels must have a clinic with a doctor, carry out regular sanitisation of the premises, screen temperatures and register guests online. The workers are also required to undergo rapid coronavirus tests while entering the location.

Furthermore, the hotels must assign a floor or a small building as a quarantine area to isolate positive or suspected Covid-19 cases.

However, the hotels and resorts are not allowed to host parties or weddings, while the restaurants located inside will operate complying with the social-distancing protocols. Other entertainment activities are also prohibited till further notice.

According to Reuters, the tourism sector contributes nearly 12%-15% of national GDP.

The government closed hotels and restaurants as well as suspended international passenger flights to contain the spread of Covid-19.

As of 4 May, Egypt has recorded more than 6,400 cases. The death toll stands at 429.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 3.5 million people. The number of total deaths due to the novel coronavirus has crossed 248,000.