Egypt primed to open major tourism sites from September

Published: 26 August 2020 - 5:30 a.m.
By: Josh Corder
After months of bleeding, Egypt, a country which relies heavily on its tourism sector, will reopen all its museums and archaeological sites. Spots across the country will open on September 1, adhering to new health and safety measures.

The county’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the news on their website, outlining a slew of anti-COVID-19 rules.

The new measures include disinfecting all common surfaces inside the museums, limiting tour groups to 25 people each and making wearing masks mandatory for all tour guides, according to the statement.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo will allow entry to only 200 visitors per hour and no more than 10-15 people will be allowed into any pyramid or ancient tomb depending on the site's space.

Resumption of Nile river cruises, however, will be postponed until October, said the statement.

Egypt’s tourism sector has been struggling during the pandemic, with tourism numbers crashing overnight. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany revealed in July that the country has been losing around US$1bn a month due to a lack of tourism.

Tourism is one of Egypt’s largest economic contributors, with the Middle Eastern country leveraging its centuries of history to draw in travellers each year. The industry accounts for 12 percent of GDP and 9.5 percent of all jobs, around 2.5 million.

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