764 businesses shuttered since Defense Order 32 issued

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply
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AMMAN — The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply recently announced that it has had to ticket and close 764 establishments for violating health regulations since Defense Order. 32 was issued. اضافة اعلان

The closures continued after the government’s announcements a few months ago, reducing restrictive measures after almost a year and a half of partial and complete closures and lockdowns.

A source at the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Jordan News that “the Ministry closed 764 establishments for violating Defense Order No. 32.”

The Defense Order stipulates the closure of establishments if one of the establishment’s employees has not received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, missed the second dose appointment, or failed to provide a valid negative PCR test taken on Sundays and Thursdays of every week.

The source indicated that “Any establishment that is found to be violating the defense order will be closed for a week initially, and for two weeks if violations repeat.”

“I advise each and every employee to commit to safety measures,” they said. “It is not a joke; preserving human health is a priority for us. As you can see, we have already closed more than 700 establishments, and we are ready to close even more when we notice any violations.”

“I must stress to all citizens the need to adhere to social distancing, wearing a mask, and committing to health protocols,” the source said.

Beyond the closure of various establishments, the ministry also issued tickets for 10,909 others.

The source explained in this regard that “We have issued 7,480 tickets for establishments whose employees do not commit to wearing masks or not following to social distancing regulations. For not adhering to labor protocols, we issued 513 (tickets), and 173 (tickets) for offering argileh in closed halls, and finally 313 (tickets) for not hiring a health monitor.”

According to the source, the violations were recorded in supermarkets, coffee shops, restaurants, malls, salons, and cinemas. 

“We hope that the violations decrease in the upcoming days. However, we will continue in conducting intensified supervision on all establishments, specifically academic institutions, sports centers, food stores, malls, and other facilities.”

In July, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh issued Defense Order No. 32 to regulate employee vaccinations in public and private sector establishments.

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