| 25 May 2024, Saturday |

Jordan suspends religious services, extends curfew hours to curb coronavirus

Jordan has implemented new measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country as daily reported cases have tripled in a month.

Among the measures imposed were a blanket lockdown during weekends, including Friday prayers in mosques and Sunday masses in churches, until the end of this month.

The curfew hours were likewise extended, with individuals being limited in their movements outside home and businesses required to shutter earlier than usual.

But restaurants will be allowed to provide delivery service to citizens at home during the night curfew until midnight, state news agency Petra reported.

Operating capacity of public transport was reduced to 50 percent from 75 percent until the end of the month, and would continually be evaluated depending on the coronavirus situation, the government said.

Jordan reported 6,649 new coronavirus cases overnight, bringing its caseload to 448,851.

“The government decided to close a number of sectors until the end of this month, with the aim of limiting the spread of the pandemic and breaking the chain of infection in society,” Petra reported.

The sectors included nightclubs, bars and discos, the counter that serves alcoholic drinks inside tourist restaurants, indoor swimming pools located in hotel establishments, tourist residential complexes and hotels, sports centers and academies, sports clubs, and oriental baths, in addition to equestrian clubs and public parks, including shops located in them, it added.