The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Sunday underlined the need for tourist restaurants, wedding venues and other reception halls wishing to reopen, to officially commit to respecting the conditions of supply of the shisha, as well as all other procedures of work and preventive measures.
The circular came in light of the decision to reopen the closed areas, as part of the plan to achieve a “safe summer”.
In a letter, the ministry asked the Association of Hotels and the Association of Tourist Restaurants to make known to its affiliates and owners of establishments that have fulfilled the procedures and requirements stipulated in advance by the ministry, the need to adhere to the Protocol (15) issued by the Ministry of Labor concerning work procedures for preventive measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus in authorized establishments.
He also called for the appointment of a health security manager for one of the establishment’s employees to ensure that the establishment and its employees undertake to apply all the protocols issued in this regard, in order to to avoid taking legal obligation against infringing installations.
The ministry indicated that the sensitization, orientation and joint control unit for tourist facilities will intensify its field visits to ensure that the equipment complies with the protocol developed for this purpose.
From June 15, establishments in Jordan will be authorized to provide shisha in establishments, under the conditions set by the government as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Establishments wishing to re-authorize shisha must submit an application to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Amman Chamber of Commerce (ACC) or the Tourism Directorate of their governorate to sign a pledge to comply with approved health protocols.
Among the conditions announced by the government with the plan to reopen the sectors – which begins on June 1 in three phases – is that all workers at the facilities must receive a vaccine against the coronavirus, 21 days have passed since the receipt of the first dose.
People under 18 or over 65 are not allowed to smoke shisha.
The government has also stipulated that establishments work at a capacity of no more than 50%, so that they commit to maintaining a distance of two meters between tables, with a maximum of six people per table.
Before serving shisha to customers, all shisha should be cleaned inside out with soap and water, and proper disinfection methods should be taken in accordance with public health instructions.
Disposable hoses should only be provided in establishments, with the plastic casing still intact for customers to unpack themselves.