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2nd phase of sector reopening starts Thursday

Restrictions further loosened and more people will go to work

Curfew hours will be reduced to begin at 12am for businesses and 1am for unvaccinated individuals, respectively. (Photo: Unsplash)
Curfew hours will be reduced to begin at 12am for businesses and 1am for unvaccinated individuals, respectively. (Photo: Unsplash)
AMMAN — Thursday will mark the beginning of the second phase of Jordan’s gradual reopening plan for a “safe summer.”

Curfew hours will be reduced to begin at 12am for businesses and 1am for unvaccinated individuals, respectively.اضافة اعلان

In the case of the Golden Triangle — Aqaba, Wadi Rum, and Petra – curfew hours will be completely eliminated. Entry will be contingent upon travelers either having received their first dose of the vaccine at least 21 days before entry or presenting a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.

Wedding venues and party-planning establishments will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, with a cap at 100 people, and will bar children. All guests and staff must have been vaccinated for at least 21 days before the event.

Additionally, venues looking to reopen are required to submit an application to the respective authorities and sign a contract indicating that they will abide by the necessary health protocols.

Sports venues, like football fields, will reopen for vaccinated spectators at 30 percent capacity.

According to a May statement by Minister of State for Media Affairs, Sakher Dudin, Thursday will also see 100 percent of the public sector returning to work, in addition to a gradual return to in-person classes for certain higher education specializations decided upon by the Ministry of Education.

Both the industrial and tourism sectors will be allowed to operate at full capacity, not subject to curfew hours.

On July 15, 2021, electronic permits, which currently exempt certain individuals from abiding by the nationwide curfew, will be canceled.

The first phase of the Kingdom’s three-part plan took effect on June 1, 2021, and was marked by the reopening of several sectors, including gyms and cinemas.

The third and final phase of reopening – which will occur on September 1 – is expected to mark a complete return to normalcy, with an elimination of partial and total curfews, a return to in-person classes, and full capacity, in-person operations across sectors.

In a previous interview with Jordan News, Mohannad Al-Nsour, a member of the National Epidemiological Committee and executive director of the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network, said that, if vaccine rollout continues as planned, 4.5 million people will be vaccinated by September, when the Kingdom’s plans to completely reopen.

Currently, Jordan has administered over 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine: 2.3 million individuals have received their first dose, while 1.2 million have received both doses.

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