Egypt Independent, 19 September 2021: Egypt’s Local Development Ministry has announced opening hours for shops, cafes and restaurants have been amended.
They were amended following a Decision from the Supreme Committee for Shop Licensing Public Shops.
The amended opening hours will come into force on 30 September 2021.
All, shops, cafes and restaurants which aren’t specified in Article 3 of the Decision will be allowed to open at 7am and will have to close at 10pm.
On Thursdays, Fridays and holidays during winter they will be able to close at 11pm.
Restaurants, cafés and bazaars, including those in malls, will be allowed to open from 5am and will have to close at 12am.
Takeaway and delivery service for restaurants and cafés will be able to operate at 24 hours a day.
Workshops and craft shops in residential blocks will be open at 8am and close at 6pm. Workshops on roads and gas stations as well as workshops associated with urgent services for citizens will not be included.
A separate decision will be issued by the Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Licensing Public Shops for these entities.
Shops in coastal and tourist governorates may be modified by a decision of the Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Licensing Public Shops following a proposal from the relevant governor or the head of the New Urban Communities Authority after it is presented to the Higher Committee for Licensing Public Shops together with the Tourism and Antiquities Minister.
Grocery stores, supermarkets and bakeries will be exempt from these requirements. The night activities of some shops selling fruit and vegetables, poultry, wholesale markets and pharmacies will have to be taken into account.
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