Thursday 08 April 2021
A few days separate us from the holy month of Ramadan, amid questions from citizens about the government’s recently announced measures regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, as Ramadan witnessed last year 2020 a state of complete closure, prevention of religious prayers and rituals, cancellation of gatherings and tables of mercy, in addition to a ban on traffic For citizens, with specific dates for opening and closing shops.
In the following lines, “Masrawy” reviews everything related to the decisions and measures taken by the government and the relevant ministries regarding holding prayers and religious rituals, and the new dates and their application days before the beginning of the month of Ramadan:
Tarawih prayers and the tables of the Most Merciful
The Ministry of Endowments announced that the five daily prayers will be performed naturally in mosques during the month of Ramadan, with the ban on holding Tahajjud prayers, I’tikaaf and religious lessons in mosques.
With regard to Tarawih prayers, the Ministry of Endowments has set special controls for conducting Tarawih prayers, as the Endowments stressed the need to follow precautionary measures and preventive measures against the Corona virus.
Likewise, the masses of worshipers are obligated to wear masks and social distancing distances, and the duration of Tarawih prayers will not exceed half an hour, provided that the mosque is opened 10 minutes before the prayer and closed 10 minutes after the end of the prayer, with the continued failure to open the toilets, and the emphasis on accompanying the personal prayer halls.
The Awqaf stressed that the tables of the Most Merciful should not be held inside any mosque, and the Ministry also pointed out that this does not mean preventing charitable acts, calling for the distribution of meals to people as a matter of feeding food, and with regard to women performing Taraweeh prayers, the ministry clarified that prayer will be in the mosques It contains preaching only, with an emphasis on not bringing children or any food or drink.
The Central Bank of Egypt announced the working hours for banks in Ramadan 2021. The working hours for banks in Ramadan 2021 will come into effect as of April 14.
The central bank said in a statement that the working hours for banks in Ramadan 2021 will be for employees from nine in the morning until two in the afternoon.
The Central Bank stated that the working hours for banks in Ramadan 2021 for the public will be from 9:30 in the morning to 1:30 in the afternoon.
Major General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of Cairo, decided to extend the working hours of the Al-Azhar tunnel during the month of Ramadan, provided that the movement of cars inside the tunnel is daily from six in the morning until two after midnight.
The decision stipulated that the tunnel should be closed in both directions from two in the morning until six in the morning for maintenance and cleaning work, except for Thursday and Friday of every week during the month of Ramadan, as the tunnel is opened in both directions without stopping or closing except during the Iftar period so that potential traffic densities can be accommodated and drained. .
The governor of Cairo decided to close the tunnel every day, a quarter of an hour before breakfast, and it would open a quarter of an hour after breakfast, to give an opportunity for individuals working in control rooms to eat breakfast.
New appointments for stores
The Ministry of Local Development has set the dates for closing shops during Ramadan 2021, according to the decision of the Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis.
The closing dates for the stores come in Ramadan 2021, as the shops and malls open from 7 in the morning and close at 11 in the evening, with the opening times extended by an hour on Thursdays and Fridays, and on holidays and official holidays for the state, and the closure is at 12 midnight during the summer period, Grocery stores, supermarkets, bakeries and ovens are excluded from the closing dates of Ramadan 2021, and taking into account the night activities of some stores, including stores that sell fruits, vegetables and poultry, wholesale markets and pharmacies.