The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced that 12 hotels in five Egypt governorates have received the required certificate related to health and safety for reopening following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Hotels located in the South Sinai, Red Sea, Sharqeya, Qaliubiya and Greater Cairo governorates were issued the certificates after it was verified that they followed the health guidelines outlined by the Egyptian government as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Daily News Egypt reported.

So far, 668 hotels have received certificates to reopen across 23 Egypt governorates.

Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Monitoring Tourism Facilities Abdel Fattah Al-Assi was quoted by the newspaper as saying that hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai have recently received the certificate.

Another four are located in the Red Sea governorate.

Al-Assi further added: “In addition, one hotel is located in 10th of Ramadan, Sharqeya, and one in Banha, Qaliubiya, while the remaining three are located in Cairo.”

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Other hotels have also submitted requests for reopening. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ inspection committees will visit them for verification.

According to Al-Assi, 1,022 tourist restaurants and cafeterias in Egypt were issued the health and safety certificate for reopening.

The latest development regarding the gradual opening comes as part of the government’s plan to co-exist with Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry has also urged citizens and tourism companies to limit dealings to hotels with the certificate, in an effort to protect general health and safety.