The Moroccan government has decided to ban all festivals and cultural and artistic events due to the spread of the new Omicron variant, according to a statement.
This decision was taken "
on the basis of the legal provisions relating to the management of the state of health emergency and strengthening of the necessary preventive measures aimed at limiting the spread of the new coronavirus
", indicates the press release published on Friday evening.
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On the other hand, the brief press release does not specify either the date of entry into force of the ban or the type of cultural and artistic events concerned. Morocco is renowned for the number and quality of its music (Essaouira, Rabat, Fez), dance (Casablanca) and cinema (Marrakech) festivals. In its press release, the government reiterates its appeal to Moroccans to adhere to "
the national vaccination campaign
" and to take all precautionary measures, "in
order to preserve the gains made and contribute to the gradual return to normal life in the Kingdom
Since Monday evening, the Moroccan authorities have closed the air and sea borders for a period of two weeks due to the resumption of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tourism professionals fear that this drastic measure will deal a fatal blow to this vital sector for the economy of Morocco, already weakened by nearly two years of health crisis.