Egypt and UAE ease restrictions as Ramadan begins

Bakers prepare bread in Satwa ahead the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Egypt will ease its coronavirus lockdown for the holy fasting month of Ramadan by allowing more businesses to reopen and shortening a night-time curfew, the prime minister said on Thursday.

Starting on Friday, the curfew will start at 9pm instead of the previous 8pm and run until 6am.

Shopping malls and businesses will be allowed to open on weekends, but will still be required to close at 5pm.
Mosques will remain closed and any public religious gatherings will still be banned.
Egypt has reported 232 new cases of Covid-19, including 11 deaths, bringing the country’s total to 3,891 infections and 287 deaths.

A woman walks on a street under decorations a day ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, in the Imbaba neighbourhood of Giza in Egypt

The United Arab Emirates has shortened a nationwide coronavirus curfew by two hours to now run daily from 10pm-6am (instead of from 8pm).

In Dubai, one of the Gulf country’s seven emirates and which has been under a 24-hour curfew since 26 March, authorities said they lifted the curfew from 6am-10pm.

A statement from Dubai’s media office said cafes and restaurants have been allowed to resume business, and shopping malls to be reopened partially from noon to 10pm, but with a maximum capacity of 30%.

Public transportation services including subways will resume on Sunday and companies will be allowed to have 30% of their staff in offices, although daily temperature testing is required for employees.

Mosques, cinemas and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.