January and February are the coldest months of the year in Morocco, but the temperature has risen sharply since late January this year, and here in Ouarzazate, the days reminiscent of spring weather continue. ..
There, almond flowers, which are very similar to Japanese cherry blossoms, began to bloom, so I went to the World Heritage Site Ait Ben Haddou for cherry blossom viewing.
Ait Ben Haddou is usually very crowded with foreign tourists as the almonds bloom, but no foreign tourists were seen at all. Most of the souvenir shops were closed, and several cafes and restaurants were open, but there were few customers. It was quiet and a little lonely.
There are few new infections in Ouarzazate.
Currently, regulatory measures such as obligatory wearing masks, prohibition of public and private meetings and celebrations are being taken.
The streets of Ouarzazate look normal and calm during the day.
However, at night, measures against the new coronavirus are being strengthened as follows.
・ Closed restaurants, cafes, shops, and supermarkets after 20:00 ・ No going out from 21:00 to 6:00 the next morning
The Moroccan government has decided to extend the sanitary emergency, which started on March 20, last year, to March 10, 2021. With this extension, the sanitary emergency continued for about a year.
Currently, in Morocco, restaurants, cafes, shops and supermarkets are closed after 20:00, a ban on going out from 21:00 to 6:00 am the next day, and measures against the new coronavirus are being implemented.
The first case of a British mutant infection was confirmed in Morocco on January 18, and aircraft and passengers from the following countries are currently banned from entering the country.
・ Countries where entry is prohibited UK, Denmark, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand
From September 6, 2020, foreign business visitors with invitations from Moroccan companies and foreign tourists from visa-exempt countries booking hotels will be issued a PCR 72 hours before departure time. You can enter Morocco by submitting a negative test certificate.