Friday lockdowns canceled; Ramadan prayers allowed ‘on foot’

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AMMAN — Fridays will no longer be subject to full lockdowns, but curfew hours will remain as is, from 7pm to 6am for persons and from 6pm for shops throughout the week, the government announced on Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

The decision came as part of a set of measures to ease restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government also allowed ishaa (evening) and taraweeh (special prayers held inRamadan) as of Friday and until the end of Ramadan, provided people attend the prayers on foot.

Minister of State for Media Affairs and government spokesperson Sakher Dudin also announced to the press that public parks and shops within them will be reopened to the public as of Friday.

As for Eid Al-Fitr, which is observed following Ramadan, Dudin said that the holiday will begin on Tuesday, May 11, until Saturday May 15, noting that Eid prayers will be permitted in open spaces, as per measures to be determined by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

Earlier this week, the government said that a plan to gradually reopen sectors in June as COVID-19 infection numbers continue to drop.

The government also said that it expects a “return to normalcy” early July, including the reopening of all sectors and lifting of all curfew measures and movement restrictions.

The latest decisions come in light of “parliamentary demands”, Dudin said, noting that the government takes into consideration the psychological and economic conditions of citizens.

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