The Pandemic Situation

Moderate Risk

  • Curfew hours: Between 6:00 a.m. and 02:00 midnight daily
  • Travel restrictions: According to MoH, MoT & epidemiological committee & crisis cell discretion
  • Transportation: Fully operational, with 50% capacity for public transport
  • Mobility within the regions: Permitted
  • Mobility within governorates: Permitted
  • Social gatherings: Up to 20 people

Working Together
to Reopen

Overview

The goal of this reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVIS- 19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.

Critical Risk

High Risk

Medium Risk

Moderate Risk

Low Risk
“New Normal”

  • Each phase will last a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase
  • The government will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases
  • If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase

Framework

The Government data-driven approach to reopening the economy used a framework that considered the public health risk and the economic benefit of reopening each of the closed sectors of our economy. In addition to this framework, we looked to what other countries are doing, including our immediate neighbors and those that were similarly impacted by COVID-19.

Framework to inform sectors that need to be considered for reopening at each stage

  • Health risks of reopening
  • Economic benefits of reopening
  • Variable factors (such as lockdown hours, size of gatherings

Health Risk Triggers – Provided by MOH

Critical Risk - Full Lockdown

  • Doubling the number of cases for 3 consecutive days starting more than local 20 cases (20, 40, 80) 3 foci points of unknown origin of infection OR more than 140 cases in one day OR>3% of test results are positive.

High Risk - Response

  • More than 20 local cases per day for 7 consecutive days (MA) OR 2%-3% of test results are positive.

Medium Risk - Protection

  • Number of local cases between 10-20 for more than 7 consecutive days (MA) OR 1%-2% of tests results are positive.

Moderate Risk - Full Operations

  • Number of local cases between 10-20 for more than 7 consecutive days (MA) OR 1%-2% of tests results are positive.

Moderate Risk - Full Operations

  • Number of local cases are less than 10 for 7 consecutive days (MA) OR 0.5%-1% of test results are positive.

Low Risk - Sustainable Recovery

  • No new local cases for 14 consecutive days.

How did we reach a moderate level of severity?

The Ministry of Health data indicates a significant decrease in the number of internal infections within 14 days, and also indicates that it is less than 10 cases per day. It was also found that the ratio of detected cases to the number of examinations is less than 0.5% and therefore Jordan is considered to be in a moderate risk stage.

Working Together to Reopen (Responsibilities)

Health system

Monitor progression to ensure sufficient system capacity to meet needs

Individuals

  • Cover your face
  • Wash your hands
  • Socially distance
  • Be vigilant for symptoms
  • Stay home if you feel sick

Employers

Set business practices that adhere to the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and Sector-Specific Protocols for your industry

Government

  • Set standards in the interest of public health
  • Invest in necessary capabilities
  • Communicate to and educate the public
  • Regularly track and report COVID-19 data
  • Expand testing capacity

Employees

Abide by employer practices that adhere to the mandatory safety standards and sector specific protocols

Phase 1
Critical Risk

Health Risk
Triggers

Doubling the number of cases for 3 consecutive days (example 20, 40, 80) OR 3 Clusters of unknown origin of infection OR more than 140 cases in one day OR 3% or more of the tests are positive (conducted in one day).

Response

Total Lockdown Stage

Allowed
Activities

Only supply chains of essential businesses (Appendix 1)

  • Hospitals, ER, ambulances for emergency
  • Sanitization, hygiene, and personal care supply chains
  • Pharmaceutical and medical supplies supply chains
  • Food supply chains (including dairy bakeries,, flour and agricultural products and groceries)
  • Banking sector and exchange houses (20% capacity)
  • Logistics, cargo, and storage sector; tower controller
  • Government employees who the nature of their jobs requires their physical presence to maintain operations
  • Funeral and burial services
  • ICT sector (infrastructure and national companies)
  • TV & Media sector (paperless media) (paper media is halted)
  • Water, bottling, & transportation and wastewater treatment service providers
  • Electricity & energy, gas, steam
  • Gas stations (Minimum number of stations overall governates)
  • Medical insurance (5 employees only/ companies)
  • Online Education and remote work
  • Zakat fund Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, National Aid Fund, Tikiyet Um Ali20% capacity
  • Mechanic services (max 100 shops overall governorates)
  • Quarantine stations

Exceptions

  • Allowed: frontline workers (Security &health); permit holders;; emergency and humanitarian cases (up to 10,000/day, Diplomats (to be organized by Ministry of foreign affairs)
  • Restricted: seniors > 70 years; individuals with chronic disease; permit holders from infection hotspot areas and active disease areas

Adjustable
Levers

  • Full Curfew for two days or more during the week. Movement dates allowed (except for full curfew days)10 am - 6 pm daily.
  • Travel restrictions: complete ban
  • Mobility between governorates & regions: for permits holders only
  • Size of public gatherings: not allowed except for 5people per funeral
  • Transportation:ambulatory during permitted days and hours. Public transportation unopertational, permit holders movement as per the nature of the permit.

Measures

Aggressive PCR testing: 100% of testing capacity; and increase contact tracing efforts to at least 80% of the epidemiological investigation team’s capacity

  • Extensive public awareness media campaigns; constant updates provided to the public; available hotlines
  • Deploy and ensure high readiness of sufficient capacity of frontline workers and provide maximum protection (PPE, testing)
  • Activate existing emergency plans for all ministries and entities and Governorates
Phase 2
High Risk

Health Risk
Triggers

More than 20 local cases per day for 7 consecutive days OR 2% to 3% of tests are positive (conducted in one day) All cases are to be of local transmission and inside Jordan.

Response

Partial lockdown: focus on Response efforts

Allowed
Activities

Activities from critical stage plus the below in 50% capacity (Appendix 2):

  • All manufacturing activities (50% for each shift)
  • Banking sector and currency exchange houses
  • Voluntary and private foster homes
  • Financial intermediaries & insurance sector
  • National construction projects (energy, transport, etc.)
  • Construction supplies retail
  • Print and press equipment
  • Home and office furniture, stationary retail
  • Hearing aid and eye care retailers and medical equipment
  • Computers and mobile retail and repair stores
  • Maintenance services for households and businesses (mechanic, auto parts, electrician, plumber, sterilization and cleaning, elevators)
  • Plant nurseries & shops; flower exchange
  • Renewable energy projects/companies

Exceptions

  • Allowed to operate and mobilize: frontline workers (Security &health); permit holders; emergency and humanitarian cases (up to 10,000/day, Diplomats (to be organized by Ministry of foreign affairs)
  • Restricted: seniors > 70 years; individuals with chronic diseases; permit holders from infection hotspot and active cases areas

Adjustable
Levers

  • Full Curfew for two days during the week. Movement timing allowed (except for full curfew days)8 am - 6 pm daily.
  • Travel restrictions: complete ban with limited exceptions
  • Mobility between governorates& regions: for permits holders only
  • Size of public gatherings: 0 except for 5people/funeral
  • Transportation: by ambulation only during allowed hours and days; Transport applications for delivery to homes; Operational capacity of public transport: 0%. Permit holders use their vehicles as per their permits.

Measures

  • Aggressive PCR testing: 90% of testing capacity; increased contact tracing efforts to 100% of the epidemiological investigation team’s capacity
  • Protect the vulnerable (domestic violence, elderly with limited care; people with physical & mental disabilities, hearing and vision impaired)
  • All governmental entities will announce/activate their own emergency response plans in every stage.
Phase 3
Medium Risk

Health Risk
Triggers

Number of cases between 10-20 for more than 7 consecutive days OR 1% to 2%of test results to be positive (conducted inone day). All cases are of local transmission and inside Jordan.

Response

Partial lockdown: Focus on protection efforts

Allowed
Activities

Activities from previous stages in full capacity plus below (Appendix 3):

  • Professional, scientific and technical service providers (lawyers, doctor clinics, dentists,physiotherapist, consulting, accounting, auditing, researchers)
  • Restaurants and café (delivery and pick up only)
  • Clothing (without fitting rooms accessory, and jewelry stores
  • Zakat Fund, Hajj Fund, Islamic Affairs Directorate +Personal care stores (hairdressers, dry-clean)
  • All ICT sectors
  • All stores in malls
  • Construction, building and contracting sector
  • Civil Society Organizations (local and int’ NGOs)
  • Social work activities
  • public transport with restrictions

Exceptions

Exceptions from higher risk stage plus the below:

  • Allowed: Elective surgeries and medical procedures; nutrition and wellbeing centers
  • Restricted: seniors > 70 years; individuals with chronic diseases; permit holders from infection hotspot areas and active cases areas

Adjustable
Levers

  • Curfew: 1 full-day per week; 8am-10pm daily (except the curfew day)
  • Travel restrictions: 14-day quarantine & testing (According to the criteria of the Ministry of Health and Tourism, the Epidemiology Committee, and the Crisis Cell)
  • Mobility between governorates: for permits holders only
  • Mobility between regions: allowed
  • Size of public gatherings: up to 10 individuals
  • Transportation: personal car (odd/even plate system);taxi and transportation applications, capacity of public transport:50% during allowed days and hours.

Measures

Aggressive PCR testing: 80% of testing capacity; increased contact tracing efforts to 100% of the epidemiological investigation team’s capacity

  • Operational capacity of businesses to be determined by GoJin coordination with the sector itself/union
  • All governmental entities will announce/activate their own emergency response plans in every stage
Phase 4
Moderate Risk

Health Risk
Triggers

Number of cases are less than 10 for 7 consecutive days OR 0.5% to 1% of test results are positive (conducted one day) All cases are of local transmission and inside Jordan

Response

Limited lockdown: Focus efforts to reach full operations

Allowed
Activities

All economic and social activities with 100% capacity excluding the activities mentioned in the exceptions (suspended activities): +Public administration and security apparatus

  • Administrative and support service activities
  • Restaurants and cafes with restrictions
  • Accommodation and hospitality (hotels, B&B)
  • Courts
  • Real estate sector
  • Touristic sites for domestic tourism
  • Mining and quarrying
  • ICT sector (tech companies)
  • Media sector (including paper-based media)
  • Publishing houses
  • Sport clubs and events without spectators, Spas (with restrictions)
  • Mosques and churches (with restrictions)
  • Nurseries (with restrictions)

Exceptions

Suspended activities:

  • Schools and kindergartens
  • Wedding halls and funeral homes
  • Universities, colleges and institutes
  • Youth activities
  • Cinemas
  • Facilities for organizing parties, festivals, conferences, exhibitions, cultural events and festivals
  • Oriental Baths
  • Training and cultural centers
  • Public parks, game cities and entertainment places

The following categories in addition to the exceptions mentioned in the previous stages:

  • Allowed: regular medical check-ups; allow visit to prisons and care homes
  • Restricted: seniors > 70 years; individuals with chronic diseases; permit holders from infection hotspot areas, wedding and funeral events

Adjustable
Levers

  • Curfew: no full-day per week; (6 am-12 am for citizens mobility) (6am-11pm for business)
  • Travel restrictions: accoring to MoH, MoT and epidemiological committee and crisis cell discretion
  • Mobility within the regions and between the governorates is permitted, provided that any governorate in which the epidemic appears is closed.
  • Size of public gatherings: up to 20 individuals
  • Transportation: all, capacity for public transport: 50%

Measures

Aggressive PCR testing: 70% of testing capacity; increased contact tracing efforts to 100% of the epidemiological investigation team’s capacity

  • Extensive public awareness media campaign; constant updates provided to the public
  • Allow internal flights
  • All governmental entities will announce/ activate their own emergency response plans in every stage.
Phase 5
Low Risk

Health Risk
Triggers

No new local cases for 10 consecutive days

Response

No lockdown: focus on Sustainable Recovery

Allowed
Activities

All activities are open including:

  • Schools, kindergartens, & summer camps
  • Mosques and churches
  • Wedding, celebration halls, funerals, and event Management
  • Universities, colleges, and vocational centers +Cinemas
  • MICE Industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions)
  • Oriental baths
  • Training and cultural centers
  • Public parks, amusement and entertainment places
  • Organized youth activities

Exceptions

  • No exceptions. Simply encourage Social distancing and safety measures

Adjustable
Levers

  • Curfew: none
  • Travel restrictions: According to the standards of the Ministry of Health and Tourism, the Epidemiology Committee, and the Crisis Cell.
  • Mobility between governorates and within regions: allowed fully
  • Size of public gatherings: no restriction
  • Transportation: full operational capacity

Measures

  • Aggressive PCR testing: 70% of testing capacity; increased contact tracing efforts to 100% of the epidemiological investigation team’s capacity
  • Mass screening and random medical checks across the country on regular basis
  • Social Distancing measures still observed and enforced

Essential Businesses – Detailed List

  • #
  • Sector
  • Sub-Sectors
Appendix 1
Industrial Sector
  • Bakeries and Flour Supply Chains
  • Dairy, Chicken, and Egg
  • Water purification and bottling facilities in governorates
  • Food, commodities, livestock, and agricultural industries
  • Chemicals especially sterilizers, detergents, antiseptics, masks, toilet and tissue paper
  • Medical treatments, equipment's, medications
  • Packaging industries
Commercial Sector
  • Groceries in residential areas
  • Fruits and vegetables stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Food Supply Chain
  • Food and Commodity hyper markets
Agriculture Sector
  • Livestock industry: sheep, cattle, cows, fish, horses, poultry, bees, production needs, clinics, pharmacies, veterinary clinical repositories, feed stores and products
  • Promotion and Foreign Trade: packaging, grading, sorting, and exporting facilities for fruits, vegetables, and importing of meat and livestock
  • Vegetative industry: fresh and preserved vegetables, irrigated crops, fruit trees, palm plantations and dates production, production needs (nurseries, different agricultural products)
  • Pet stores and beekeepers for basic life only
Energy Sector
  • Energy and Mineral Regulatory Authority
  • Electricity Sector Institutions; (generation, transport, distribution, energy companies)
  • Oil Sector Trading Companies
  • Oil Derivatives promoting companies
  • Operating vehicles, crude oil and petroleum tanks
  • LNG Companies
  • LPG Warehouses and Agents
  • Gas retail centers
  • Gas Stations
Water Sector
  • Water Companies: Yarmouk, Miyahona, Aqaba AlSamra Wastewater Treatment Plant operation and maintenance
  • Disi Water Conveyance Project
Other Sectors
  • Banking and money exchange sector 20%
  • Health sector & Health Insurance companies 5%
  • Funeral services
  • Medical sector in hospitals
  • ICT sector
  • Education (digital/ remote)
  • Mechanic services
  • Media sector
  • Logistical Services sector, tower controller
  • Environment sector; hazardous, medical, and solid waste, wastewater tanks for households and industries
  • Public/ Government Sector
  • Quarantine stations
  • Zakat Fund, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, Tikyet Um Ali 20%
Appendix 2
Industrial Sector

All industrial sectors 50% for each shift

Commercial Sector/Additional sectors
  • Supporting jobs; electricians, plumbers, mechanic, spare parts, oil, tire repairs, sterilization and clearning, elevators
  • Computers and mobiles maintenance shops
  • Print and press equipment
  • Building materials stores
  • Home and office furniture, stationary
  • Hearing aid, spectacles and contact lenses stores
Agriculture Sector
  • Plant nurseries and flower shops
  • Flower exchange
  • Ornamental bird trade, fish and pet shops
Energy Sector
  • Electricity and renewable energy sector
  • Bills Collectors
  • Meter readers
  • National gas and fuel stations
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Energy sector infrastructure projects
Other Sectors
  • Voluntary and private foster homes: / The elderly, orphans, women, juveniles, children)
  • National construction projects (transfer ...)
  • Financial intermediaries and the insurance sector
Appendix 3
Commercial+ Service/ Additional Sectors
  • Restaurants and desserts stores-pickup and delivery
  • Shops inside the malls Except the list in Appendix 4
  • Car wash and accessories
  • Clothing sector (without fitting rooms), accessories and jewelry
  • Barber salons and dry Clean shops
  • Watch and shoe repair shops
  • Accessories and cosmetics Shops
Other Sectors
  • Lawyers
  • Professional services companies, financial, tax advice, accounting and administration
  • Doctor, dentists and dental clinics
  • Financial auditors
  • Research, studies and advisory services
  • Building, contracting and retail sectors
  • Public Transport Sector
  • ICT Sector
  • Civil Society organizations
  • Medical treatment centers, hearing and speech, physiotherapists
  • Community organizations, foundations and charities
  • Zakat and Hajj Fund and the Islamic Endowments Department
  • Social work activities
Appendix 4
All activities including
  • Public administration and security apparatus
  • Government, security and courts sector
  • Administrative and support service activities
  • Nurseries with restrictions
  • Real estate sector
  • Publishing houses
  • Media sector (paper-based media)
  • Sport clubs, athletic events without spectators and spas
  • Touristic sites for domestic tourism
  • Mining and quarrying
  • ICT sector (tech companies)
  • Mosques and churches with restrictions
  • Restaurants and cafes with restrictionsv
  • Accommodation and hospitality (hotels, B&B)
Banned Sectors
  • Schools and kindergartens (with restrictions)
  • Wedding and celebration halls
  • Universities, colleges
  • Training and cultural centers
  • Events, festivals, conferences, exhibitions, and cultural events organizing companies
  • Public parks, amusement and entertainment places
  • Cinemas
  • Conference and event Management Industry
  • Oriental baths