Coronavirus restrictions eased in Jordan

World Grigory Matyunin 28-Apr-2020
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On Monday curfews imposed in Jordan to contain the covid-19 pandemic were eased and more businesses were permitted to reopen.

Residents  of the metropolis are now allowed to drive private cars between 0800 and 1800 in the first such development since restrictions were applied on a nationwide basis over a month ago, ordering the entire population to remain at home.

Public transport is due to resume, although passengers will be required to wear face masks and gloves. Barbershops, beauty parlours clothing retailers, construction firms and florists will now be permitted to reopen.

Government offices and places of study will remain shut for the rest of Ramadan. The borders with its neighbours will remain shut to passenger traffic.

Restrictions were  eased last week in the south of the country, including the city of Aqaba.

Restrictions had been imposed following emergency legislation enacted by the monarch that ordered businesses throughout the country to close their doors.

Internationally Jordan has  been praised for its effective handling of the covid-19 pandemic. Restrictions were imposed rapidly and testing was efficient. The country detected 449 cases and seven deaths. Yet businesses have raised concerns about the economic impact of this draconian approach.