Published: 2020-10-22 15:13
Last Updated: 2020-10-23 12:11
The Minister of State for Media Affairs, Ali al-Ayed, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and Holy Places, Muhammad al-Khalaileh, and Head of Coronavirus Portfolio, Wael Hayajneh, held a press briefing Thursday to address Friday lockdown measures and to issue Defense Orders 19 and 20.
Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh has issued Defense Orders 19 and 20.
The new Defense Orders aim to ensure compliance with lockdown and curfew measures, al-Ayed said.
Defense Order 20 involves an increase in the number of government and official agencies (12) authorized to conduct inspections regarding compliance with health and safety measures.
The aim is to prevent overcrowding and any other forms of non-compliance.
In addition, all restaurants and cafes can only serve hookah outdoors, al-Ayed added.
He also said the government has reversed the decision to shut down nurseries and daycares.
However, any future decisions regarding the closure of nurseries and day-cares will be taken by the Minister of Social Development, Ayman Mufleh.
Friday prayer will be held at mosques across the Kingdom however worshippers will have to make their way on foot.
Mosques will be open for one hour starting 12:15 PM and until 1:15 PM, al-Khalaileh said.
The Defence Order details are as follows:
Defense Order 19 stipulated that access to mosques for Friday prayers during the total lockdown is applied in all governorates in Jordan. Individuals must travel by foot and are only permitted to perform their prayers during a period of one hour (12:15 PM to 1:15 PM).
Defense Order 19 also authorized the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Mohammad al-Khalaileh, with procedural authority in this regard.
In addition, Defense Order 19 has kept nurseries and daycares operating as is and the Minister of Social Development, Ayman Mufleh, has been delegated the power to make appropriate decisions to close these facilities or otherwise in accordance to the health situation.
Defense Order 20 stated that there will be an increase in the number of government and official agencies (12 agencies in addition to the Public Security Directorate) which are authorized to inspect establishments compliance with all precautionary methods which prevent COVID-19 infection spread and adherence to health and safety measures.
In addition, these government and official agencies will ensure that congestion, crowding and non-compliance is prevented.
Defense Order 20 set forth that general secretaries, department directors, heads of official and public institutions, and internal control officials are assigned to implement defense orders in their departments.