Ministry steps up inspections as argileh returns to cafes

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People are seen smoking argileh in this undated photo in Amman. The minister of tourism on Tuesday said teams were stepping up inspections as people return to the cafes to smoke. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Tourism Nayef Al-Fayez on Tuesday announced that the ministry’s teams will intensify their inspections to tourism establishments that are allowed to serve argileh, to ensure commitments to COVID-19 safety measures.اضافة اعلان

The ministry on Sunday issued a circular to hotels and restaurants asking them to submit an official pledge that they would commit to the rules allowing argileh to be served, take into account procedures for organizing wedding parties, and appoint a health safety officer to monitor commitments to the ministry’s regulations.

According to Protocol No. 15, issued by the Ministry of Labor, restaurants and cafes are only allowed to open and serve argileh at 50 percent capacity, while ensuring social distancing. Earlier this month, the ministry announced that cafes would be allowed to serve argileh under certain conditions, starting June 15.

Only those who have received the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine may enter cafes and restaurants, and anyone who has received their first dose must wait 21 days since they received the jab to enter, according to a statement from the ministry.

(Photos: Amir Khalifeh/ Jordan News)