Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Jordanian authorities to impose 24-hour nationwide curfew and store closures 0001 April 24-0001 April 25 due to COVID-19 activity.

This alert affects Jordan

This alert began 23 Apr 2020 12:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 25 Apr 2020 12:00 GMT.

  • Event: 24-hour curfew
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 0001 April 24
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Summary
Jordanian authorities announced a 24-hour nationwide curfew from 0001 April 24 as part of the nation's effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The curfew includes the closure of stores and establishments that were previously permitted to maintain operations during limited hours. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the measure. The Jordanian army and security services will increase patrols nationwide to enforce the measure.

At 0001 April 25, the full curfew will end, and movement restrictions imposed under existing COVID-related regulations will resume until further notice. Under current regulations in effect to contain the virus, residents aged 16-60 years are permitted to shop for necessities at local stores, including groceries, bakeries, and pharmacies, only between the hours 1000-1800. Residents may only travel on foot when doing so. This excludes the governorates of Aqaba, Karak, Tafilah, and Ma'an where some COVID-19 movement and business restrictions have been lifted.

Background and Analysis
Jordan's travel restrictions and preventive measures correspond with similar 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.

Advice
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.