Jordan on Monday eased restrictions on movement aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus and allowed more businesses to reopen to help jump-start the cash-strapped economy, officials said.
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Residents of the capital can now drive their private vehicles as of Wednesday between 8am and 6pm in the first such move since a nationwide curfew nearly 40 days ago that ordered the country’s population of 10 million to stay at home.
Public transport and taxi services would also now resume with passenger restrictions and compulsory wearing of face masks and gloves, government spokesman Amjad Adailah.
The relaxation in curbs on movement in the capital follows a similar move last week in southern Jordan, including the Red Sea port city of Aqaba
The government imposed the curfew shortly after the monarch enacted an emergency law that paralyzed daily life, and ordered shops and firms to close, leaving many daily wage earners struggling without pay.
Minister of Trade and Industry Tariq Hammouri said barbershops, beauty parlours, dry clean and cosmetics shops could now open in the latest string of small businesses from garments to flower shops and furniture outlets that can resume normal work.
“We hope to ease all restrictive measures with the passing of days as the (virus) threat recedes,” Hammouri said.
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