Published: 2020-08-21 16:06
Last Updated: 2020-08-21 16:40
The Jordanian government invested millions to isolate people at border crossings but employees broke the rules for Gallayeh (tomato stir-fry), coffee and tea," said the Minister of Health, Saad Jaber, during a press conference on Friday.
Lack of compliance with health and safety measures at border crossings is the main reason behind the increase in number of local COVID-19 cases, said Jaber.
Authorities have noticed an increasing lack of compliance among citizens, including those who tested positive for coronavirus — people are shaking hands and hosting gatherings for large groups of people.
Many citizens blamed the government for delaying the activation of Defense Order number 11, saying it is the reason behind non-compliance.
Activists on social media called for holding border crossing supervisors accountable for overlooking violations and gatherings, despite strict instructions.
Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Al-Adaileh, said the COVID-19 situation over the next few days will determine whether or not the government will impose additional health and safety measures, such as full lockdown on Fridays at a governorate or city level.
The Minister of Interior, Salama Hammad, said the public security forces should increase supervision and prevent big gatherings in farms, homes or restaurants that violate of defense orders.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is working with the Jordanian Hotels Association and Tourism Restaurants Management Committee to tighten restrictions regarding celebrations —reservations for more than one table will not be allowed and restaurants shall not operate above maximum permitted capacity.