Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Jordanian authorities ease nationwide curfew, vehicular travel restrictions beginning May 12. Other COVID-19 measures remain.

This alert affects Jordan

This alert began 12 May 2020 03:29 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Authorities in Jordan reduced the nationwide nightly curfew to 1900-0800, beginning May 12 amid the country's efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The nightly curfew, as well as a comprehensive 24-hour curfew on weekends, remain in effect until further notice. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfews, which will remain in place as a precautionary measure even after the containment of COVID-19 and the resumption of normal business activity.

Authorities also announced that beginning May 12, the traffic system that restricted vehicle use based on the last digit of the license plate number will be suspended. Vehicles will be permitted to operate at 50 percent seating capacity.

Jordanian authorities had previously lifted all restrictions on the economic sector. However, schools, universities, places of worship, and other gathering places will remain closed through at least the month of Ramadan (April 23-May 24). Travel between governorates remains banned. Residents are required to wear face masks and gloves in public.

The public sector will reopen May 26. Essential service providers in the public and private sectors, such as those relating to healthcare, energy, and banking, will continue to operate but with reduced staff numbers. Jordan's borders and airports remain closed until at least the end of Ramadan. The closure, which went into effect March 17, affects all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as land and sea borders. The measure does not apply to cargo flights or ground freight transport. Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.

Background and Analysis
Jordan's travel restrictions and preventive measures are stricter than actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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