No plans for complete or partial lockdown

Jordan

Published: 2020-08-10 18:40

Last Updated: 2020-08-11 10:48


No plans for complete or partial lockdown
No plans for complete or partial lockdown

The government has no intention of imposing a complete or partial lockdown at this time, said the Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Adaileh, during a press conference on Monday.

Lockdown costs the country a great deal, both economically and socially, and the government is working hard to avoid having to implement it.

If and when Jordan reaches a stage requiring reactivation, the government will announce the news with full transparency.

The government will impose fines on those who do not abide by Defence Order no.11, said Adaileh.

Local authorities will implement strict campaigns to monitor compliance with Defence Order no.11, upon its activation on Saturday.

The period of time provided before the activation was meant to give businesses and people time to prepare and meet all requirements.

The government’s decision to activate Defence Order no.11 came after local cases of coronavirus were recorded and due to non-compliance with public health procedures.

Adaileh said these steps are being taken is to prepare for all possible scenarios. The government began implementing the plan to bring back further Jordanians from abroad.

The government is committed, especially to those who lost their jobs and whose work contracts were terminated during the coronavirus crisis, which is vital to keep the number of local cases down to a minimum, he said.

He added: "The government has set clear criteria for providing citizens with financial assistance, through the Himmet Watan Fund, for those who wish to return to Jordan who cannot afford it or are forced to come back."