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Residents are ready to return to Al-Hussein park, despite vaccination site

(Photo: From GAM main website)
AMMAN — Al-Hussein park, one of Amman’s largest parks, was popular with visitors before the onset of the pandemic. However, since then it has become a vaccination site, leaving people to wonder when the park will open to the public once more. اضافة اعلان

The director of Al-Hussein Public Park, Raed Dodakh, said in an interview with Jordan News, “Before closing, (the park) received 1,500–2,000 visitors, and on Thursdays and Fridays, it received 8,000 visitors.”

He added that the decision to close the park to general visitors was taken in order to “facilitate the vaccination campaign.”

Some 21 tents were built to receive vaccinations through the drive-thru service in five garages at Al-Hussein Park and since April, between 1,000 and 5,000 people are vaccinated daily at the park from 8:30am to 4pm. In some cases, the vaccination service continues until 9pm.

Dodakh said that the park was closed for the safety of visitors and because it is difficult to control visitors around the vaccination tents, as there are electrical installations for computers, cooling and lighting devices, and no parking spaces for visitors’ vehicles.

He added that the vaccination drive-thru service had to be adjusted so as not to obstruct the traffic on King Abdullah II Street. The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) subsequently made an alternative plan and found places for visitors by opening the Children's Museum and the Car Museum.

Additionally, Dodakh stated that “two months ago, we allowed visitors to enter from 6 to 9:30 in the morning to exercise.” This arrangement has continued since then.

An informed source at the GAM said that there was a decision to open Al-Hussein Park and stop giving vaccinations there at the beginning of September.

Rami Al-Tal, a regular visitor to the park, said: "I was very annoyed by the decision to close these parks. I have been walking here early in the morning for six years, four times a week, and my family and I would come to attend the activities organized by the GAM, and I have many friends who also walk."

Another regular park visitor, Nevin Khalil, stated: "My children and I often came to these parks to run in the fresh air, and we wished that GAM would locate to other places to give vaccinations."

The spokesperson for the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, Ahmed Naimat, told Jordan News: "We understand the visitors' complaints and their desire to visit parks, but the health priority calls for that, and the danger of this virus lies in the possibility of transmission of the virus at close distances.”

Nuaimat stressed: "There is a vigorous discussion about the opening of parks, and we are waiting for a health recommendation in this regard.”

He pointed out that for Jordan’s drive-thru services, the vaccination rate has reached 25,000 to 30,000 people per day, and the process does not take more than 7 minutes per person.

“This process was one of the reasons for the success of the national vaccination campaign, and 6 million doses have been administered until now,” said Nuaimat.

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