3 defense orders to stay in place, the fate of others under discussion

2. Amman downtown
People walk down a street in downtown Amman. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Faisal Al-Shboul told Jordan News that the government holds on to three defense orders and discussions are underway regarding the fate of the others.اضافة اعلان

He stressed that the government focuses on three defense orders, namely Defense Order 35, which regulates entry in public and private facilities and vaccination against COVID-19, Defense Order 28, regarding the imprisonment of debtors, and Defense Order 6, regarding support and continuous employment of individuals in the most affected sectors.

The rest of the defense orders will either be canceled or amended in the coming period, said Shboul, because currently there are no closed sectors.

The minister also talked about measures that were approved in the last period, and a series of others that will be taken by the end of this month and in the month of Ramadan.

The government is discussing several issues with theNational Epidemiological Committee, including the opening hours in the month of Ramadan, said Shboul, adding that there is a comprehensive study on this matter for the month of Ramadan “so that life returns to normal”.

He said that the ministry is working on a program concerning evening sports activities and festivities in all governorates, which “will be announced before the end of this month”.

The minister stressed that compliance with defense orders comes in response to a reality, adding: “We do not know when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, and the defense orders will come to an end when the World Health Organization announces the end of the pandemic.”

An informed government source said that compliance with the Defense Law is due to three main reasons: the continuation of the national program for vaccination against COVID-19, in anticipation of any new waves that may strike the Kingdom, protecting the labor rights of workers in private sector institutions, and supporting the sectors most affected by the pandemic, in addition to stopping the imprisonment of debtors.

The source indicated that Defense Order 28, related to the debtors’ imprisonment, contributed to protecting thousands of people wanted by the judiciary, while Defense Order 6 defended the rights of workers in the private sector.

Defense Order 35, on the other hand, contributed to an increase in demand for vaccinations, which increases societal immunity and breaks the chain of infection, he said.

MP Ahmad Al-Sarahneh said that the pandemic is not over, but “it is weaker”, and that resorting to closures and passing other defense orders will burden both government and citizens. The solution, he said, is to coexist with the virus and cancel all defense orders.

Sarahneh also stressed the need to find appropriate solutions and set a specific time for debtors and creditors to guarantee the rights of both.

MP Tayseer Krishan said that the defense orders were issued in the interest of citizens and to ensure that workers are not laid off, stressing that the government’s decision was “sound” in light of the exceptional economic situation Jordan is going through.

MP Dina Al-Bashir said that making the three defense orders binding is necessary, and that operating without them requires the creation of a gradual, studied strategy within a specific time frame.

“I asked the government more than once to find a mechanism to get out of the pandemic crisis by coming up with a recovery plan, warning that failure to do so would lead us to a dangerous economic turning point,” she added.

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