Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced Wednesday that it will close 25 hotels and 17 restaurants due to violations of health safety regulations imposed by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As noted in the statement released by the department, “in connection with the revealed violations of sanitary safety standards, 25 hotels in the resorts of the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula and in Cairo, as well as 17 tourist restaurants in the capital, were closed for a week.” Violators were fined 4,000 Egyptian pounds (over $ 250).
“This measure was taken to ensure that hotels and establishments comply with the current ministry rules,” said Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Abdel Fattah al-Assi.
A year ago, Egypt reopened to foreign tourism after a three-month quarantine. By the beginning of the summer season-2021, the authorities had prepared: by June, the vaccination against the coronavirus of all personnel employed in tourism at the Red Sea resorts was completed. According to the Ministry of Tourism, all employees of hotels, hotel complexes, cafes, restaurants and bazaars, as well as those involved in tourist transportation in the two main centers of the country – the provinces of the Red Sea and South Sinai – received a vaccine against COVID-19, and vaccination of personnel has now begun on other key tourism destinations – in Cairo and Giza, Luxor and Aswan.
As the head of the department Khaled al-Anani said earlier, “cases of coronavirus infection in resorts are insignificant, however, to contain the spread of the virus, there is a strict requirement to observe social distance, wear masks in public places, regularly disinfect and sanitize, hotels are required to receive certificates In addition, everyone entering the country must provide a negative PCR test at the border.Tourists flying into Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Taba, Luxor can do it upon arrival for $ 30.