Jordan reimposes nationwide restrictions in the light of increasing COVID-19 cases

The government of Jordan has announced the decision to suspend most of schools and close coffee shops, restaurants and mosques for two weeks, starting September 17 amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. 

Education Minister, Tayseer Nuaimi, announced the two-week suspension of all schools and kindergartens, except for students preparing for Tawjihi, or the General Secondary School Certificate.Mosques would also be closed for two weeks, according to the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. 

Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Adaileh, said, small markets will also be closed, while the government prepared a new mechanism for the operation of central markets, to avoid overcrowding. 

Health Minister Saad Jaber said he hopes the measures are enough to avoid reimposing a harsh nationwide lockdown and an army-enforced round-the-clock curfew, which kept the virus in check in March but strained Jordan’s already fragile economy. 

“We hope the new measures, though [they] might be tough, [will] reduce the number of infections, and we are cautious not to return to blanket curfews,” Jaber told reporters, according to state news agency Petra.  

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