President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ratified Law No. 152 of 2021 on measures necessary to fight the spread of epidemics and pandemics
The new law, which has been published in the official Gazette on Monday, seeks to regulate procedures and measures necessary to fight the spread of epidemics and pandemics.
It empowers the prime minister to impose any measures necessary to combat epidemics and pandemics to preserve the health and lives of citizens.
The measures encompass temporary restrictions on the freedom of people to move or to be present in certain areas or across the country and suspending work for a specified period, partially or completely, in ministries, government departments and agencies, local administration units, public authorities, and public sector companies.
The prime minister is also authorized under the new law to suspend study for a specified period, partially or completely, in schools, nurseries, universities, institutes, any other education institutions, and any gatherings of students.
The premier’s powers also include shutting down and reopening the institutions and businesses previously mentioned, banning all public meetings, processions, demonstrations, celebrations and all other forms of gatherings – including exhibitions, cultural events and festivals – and closing cinemas and theatres.
Moreover, the new law requires citizens to abide by all the protective measures declared by health authorities, such as wearing face masks and receiving vaccines.
The powers given to the premier will be for a limited period of time, mostly for one year, and subject to renewal.