Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda issued a decision to stop halt internal tourism trips in Sharm El Sheikh starting from Tuesday 19 March until 31 March, to halt the spread of coronavirus. Earlier, an international flight suspension period was announced by the Prime Minister.
The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities along with the Minister of Civil Aviation explained earlier that as of noon Thursday 19 March, flights will not be able to fly passengers into Egypt. However Egyptian airspace remains open to inbound charter or regular flights arriving on an empty leg to carry outbound passengers to their destinations.
They added earlier that the Egyptian national airspace is not closed and that the decision to suspend air traffic does not include domestic and air cargo flights.
On Wednesday, the governor of South Sinai issued a lot of preventive measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in Sharm El Sheikh, including stopping receiving any local guests in Sharm El Sheikh hotels, applying quarantine procedures to the crew working in tourist facilities in the governorate. Tourism police will follow up on the tourist establishments to ensure that they are taking all necessary measures to disinfect all tourist facilities, and also follow up with them to ensure their commitment in health follow-up and that they report any symptoms that appear on any of the working staff.
Meanwhile, Fouda suspended provision of Shisha in cafes, public places, cafeterias and hotels in all cities of the governorate, as part of the preventive and precautionary measures taken by the governorate, regarding prevention of coronavirus.
The governor said that the tourism facilities and enterprises that will violate the decision will be closed and will pay a fine worth EGP10,000.
The Governor of South Sinai confirmed that campaigns will run 24/7.