Published: 2020-11-21 13:05
Last Updated: 2020-11-21 13:28
Banning shisha is an "unfair and unjust decision," member of the General Commission of the Tourist Restaurants Association Nour al-Din Abu Baker told Roya Saturday. The decision was described to be a result of ‘government confusion’.
The government made the decision to ban shisha in restaurants Nov. 17, due to the huge increase in COVID-19 cases in Jordan.
Abu Bakr added the closure of restaurants and cafes have caused financial issues for owners with their employees, banks, and rents.
The association presented solutions to the government regarding health measures to allow the sector to operate normally during the coronavirus crisis. The suggestions include using ventilation systems in cafes that offer shisha, social distancing guidelines and appointing an employee from the Ministry of Health to monitor and inspect these requirements.
Abu Baker noted that no COVID-19 cases have been recorded in restaurants and cafes in Jordan and that the sector’s monthly losses are estimated at approximately JD 11 million.