Jordan eased COVID-19 restrictions on Monday in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which is set to begin in early April.
Faisal Shboul, Minister of State for Media Affairs, announced that the measures, which have been in place since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, will be eased “in conjunction with the approaching month of Ramadan,” according to the minister.
According to Shboul, social distancing during congregational prayers in mosques has been eliminated, and the wearing of masks will only be required in closed spaces going forward.
Furthermore, capacity restrictions for public gatherings such as weddings have been lifted, allowing for the establishment of Ramadan iftar (fast-breaking) tents, according to the Minister of Culture.
Specifically, he stated that the decision to relax anti-virus measures was made in response to recommendations from the Jordanian National Committee for Epidemics.
Jordan has reported 1,689,314 virus infections since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 14,003 deaths as a result of the virus outbreak.