Nightly Curfew

Jun 2, 2020

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On 31 May 2020, Egyptian authorities adjusted the existing nationwide nightly curfew, reducing it by one hour, now scheduled from 2000 to 0500 local time (1800 to 0300 UTC). Government services, including civil administration processes, immigration and nationality documentation and passport services, resumed on 1 June. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including government offices, marketplaces and on public transportation. Violators may face a fine of up to 4,000 Egyptian pounds (250 U.S. dollars). Additional restrictions on businesses and movement remain in place pending review in mid-June.

Meanwhile in Iraq, on 30 May authorities extended the comprehensive 24-hour nationwide curfew until at least 6 June and the suspension of international commercial flights into and out of the country until at least 7 June. The curfew was first imposed on 21 May to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday and had been set to expire on 31 May. Under the order, residents are required to stay in their homes except to perform essential activities such as to procure necessities or seek medical care. Nonessential businesses remain closed, and no more than five people are permitted inside essential shops at a time. Individuals must wear face masks in public. In addition, movement between governorates remain restricted and private vehicles may not operate with more than 50% capacity. Additional security forces will be deployed throughout the country to enforce the restrictions.

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