Inside the restaurant known for its mouthwatering Kifto in Bole, by Yod Abyssinia Cultural Restaurant, this year’s celebration of Meskel festivities is in some ways somber. There were a much smaller crowd of people than the place is used to pre–COVID-19 pandemic, but that did not mean the day was not marked, with people eager to showcase the unique culture of the Gurage people.
Most of the hotels in Addis Ababa and regional towns, which were out of business in the past six months due to COVID-19, are reopening their doors for business. With the exception of those serving as quarantine centers, most hotels were closed for renovation in the past several months.
Closed for more than half the school year, the government has further relaxed restrictions to allow the reopening of schools amid the spread of COVID-19 across the country, leaving many parents in limbo.
It is more than five months since the most hyped general elections postponed at the backdrop of the global coronavirus pandemic. Preparations were continuing by the restructured National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to hold polling on August 29, 2020. The advent of coronavirus pandemic ensued restrictions imposed on public gatherings and many other social activities by the government.