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Jordan, September 14, 2020
Gov't to tighten control over gatherings, not to impose curfews

Amman, Sep. 13 (Petra) -- The government is set to tighten its control over and restrictions on gatherings as it excludes resorting to blanket curfews, Minister of State Amjad Adaileh said Sunday.

Addressing journalists, Adaileh said the government was briefed Sunday by Minister of Health Saad Jaber about the epidemiological developments and recommendations, which had spurred its decision, and whatever necessary measures needed amid the record highs of infection.

Adaileh, who is also the spokesperson of the government, said the government will tighten restrictions on gatherings and hold organizers accountable; address public institutions to operate at a minimum capacity; ban patient visits in hospitals until a further notice and limit crowdedness in hospitals; limit meetings in public institutions and ministries and urge the usage of teleconferencing.

Starting Tuesday, the Cabinet will hold its sessions by teleconferencing, he highlighted.

He said that the government, as the developments on the epidemiological situation dictate, might put in place new mechanisms that would ensure the safety of students and faculties, adding that flouters of health measures and defense orders will be held accountable.

A crackdown campaign across the Kingdom will begin Monday to detect violations.

'The developments in the epidemiological situation and the unprecedented increase in the number of fatalities and infections requires from us all to be responsible and follow the utmost levels of caution to protect the homeland and its sons,' he cautioned.

Adaileh said that rumors about a two-week blanket curfew starting on September 20 are false.

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