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Vaccine certificates and curfew exemptions: Navigating through reopening measures

People are seen at a cafe in Amman smoking argileh. As of June 15, restaurants and cafes will be permitted to serve argileh outdoors. (Photo: Jordan News)
People are seen at a cafe in Amman smoking argileh. As of June 15, restaurants and cafes will be permitted to serve argileh outdoors. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh has issued Defense Order no. 30 and announcements 37 and 38 for the year 2021 on Tuesday, outlining new regulations to be applied across Jordan regarding facilities reopening, curfew policies for vaccinated individuals, and other steps in the process of the country’s gradual reopening as COVID-19 cases subside.اضافة اعلان

Defense Order 30

Under Defense Order 30, all open facilities must not allow anyone to enter before presenting their personal ID and their health verification code or their vaccination certificate through the Sanad app. 

Facilities that do not follow this order will be penalized, and individuals who enter without following the order will be subject to a penalty of JD20-50, the official announcement states. Individuals hoping to visit a gym, cinema, or any of the listed businesses will need to have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 21 days beforehand. 

The Sanad application is a new platform for government e-services. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship also issued a guide on how the app can be used by citizens and residents to access personal health information and a QR code that they can use to enter facilities.

This decision coincides with the government’s plan to gradually reopen sectors across the kingdom within specified regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Announcement 38

Meanwhile, announcement 38, permits some closed sectors to reopen, provided that they adhere to the aforementioned safety measures and prevention protocols. Sectors listed in the announcement include sports and fitness facilities, indoor swimming pools in hotels, residential and tourist complexes, public swimming pools, equestrian clubs, academies and vocational and technical training centers, Turkish baths, billiards, snooker halls, electric and electronic game shops, entertainment and amusement parks, indoor children play areas, cinemas, and educational and cultural centers.

Under the announcement, those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are also allowed to move freely throughout the country during curfew hours, so long as 21 days have passed since they have received their first dose. This will be applied starting Tuesday, June 15, according to the announcement. 

Additionally, as per the announcement, argileh will be permitted in outdoor restaurants and cafes starting Tuesday, June 15, and public transportation capacity will be raised from 50 to 75 percent.

Announcement 37

As for announcement 37 for the year 2021, it aims to regulate and restructure the benefits of tourism sector workers from the Social Security Corporation’s “Estidama” (sustainability) program. According to Mamlaka TV, this announcement does not include all tourism facilities; while some are witnessing low demand since reopening, others have already recovered. 

Amendments to the aforementioned provisions are still possible, the statements explain, depending on the epidemiological situation.

As the situation in the Kingdom continues to improve, official sectors across the Kingdom are planning for a “safe summer” this year. 

The Prime Ministry released a 3-stage projected plan regarding COVID-19 safety regulations, extending to September. This includes the gradual reduction of curfew hours and increasing worker capacity. The plan is subject to change based on health updates and the vaccine rollout campaign. 

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