News ID: 273312
Published: 0902 GMT August 24, 2020

Egypt tourism authorities discuss controls for cultural visits resumption

Egypt tourism authorities discuss controls for cultural visits resumption
A municipality worker cleans lamp posts outside the Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt.

Egypt's tourism authorities have discussed the controls that will be adopted for the resumption of cultural tourism activities in Egypt as of September 1.

The controls were discussed at a meeting between Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled El-Anani, a number of ministry leaders, as well as the heads of the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA) and the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETAA), reported.

El-Anani stated that all museums and archeological sites across Egypt will reopen to visitors as of September 1. Egyptians and foreigners will be allowed to travel between cities, archeological monuments and various museums, so long as they adhere to the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This will occur alongside the established controls for tourism buses and all activities associated with the country's cultural tourism, to a maximum of 50 percent of their respective capacities.

Single tourist groups should not exceed 25 individuals at archeological sites and museums. Tour guides are required to wear face masks and conduct tours using headphones inside museums, following which they are required to sterilize the headphones after each use.

This comes in addition to carrying out a daily disinfection of common surfaces and museum floors before opening to visitors. At the same time, body temperatures of workers and visitors will be measured, and visitors will be required to maintain safe distances from each other.

El-Anani indicated that a maximum number of visitors at any one time has been set for museums and uncovered archeological sites across the country. This stands at 200 visitors per hour that will be allowed at the same time has for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and 100 visitors per hour to other museums.

A maximum of 10 to 15 visitors will be allowed inside any pyramid or ancient cemetery at the same time. In addition, the organizing of any Nile Cruises trips on floating hotels have been postponed until October 2020.


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