Cairo Opera House reopens with open-air concert after four months


10th July, 2020 05:14:22 printer

Cairo Opera House reopens with open-air concert after four months

The Cairo Opera House reopened after four month of closure for Covid-19 pandemic and arranged an open-air concert attended by 400 visitors amid strict measures to prevent the Coronavirus infections.

Egyptian Culture Ministry spokesman Mohamed Mounir said, "The organization has been a success and all anti-coronavirus precautionary measures have been strictly implemented."

He also informed that Culture Minister Inas Abdel-Dayem also attended the concert on Thursday.

Egypt is the first Arab and African country to resume the opera house activities since the outbreak of the pandemic, Mounir added.

The concert included performances of famous traditional Egyptian songs and music, with most of the band members having medical face masks on.

Cairo Opera House activities were suspended over the past four months as part of the country's efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The country has recently lifted a partial nighttime curfew imposed over the past three months, and reopened restaurants, cafes, theaters and cinemas, as well as hotels, museums and archeological sites for tourists, all with limited capacity.

Egypt has so far confirmed 79,254 COVID-19 cases, including 3,617 deaths and 22,753 recoveries.

Egypt and China have been cooperating closely in fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

As for cultural cooperation, Egyptian and Chinese orchestras held in June a joint online concert to mark the 64th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Egypt.