Ramadan 2021 in Jordan: Covid-19 restrictions and all you need to know
All you need to know as kingdom keeps some Covid-19 bans during Ramadan 2021
Preparations for Ramadan in Jordan come amid a surge in coronavirus deaths that started two months ago, prompting authorities to impose a daytime lockdown on Fridays.
This will remain in place for the holy month, as will the night-time lockdown that runs from 7pm to 6am on all other days.
Official figures show at least 7,773 people have died of Covid-19 in Jordan, which has a population of about 10 million people. More than 665,000 infections have been recorded in the country.
Doctors say the virus has probably spread far more extensively than the numbers suggest.
The Ramadan restrictions this year are less severe than they were in 2020.
Last year there was an all-day lockdown for the first 10 days of the holy month, and people were not allowed to use their cars.
The bans were later eased and people were allowed to use their cars on assigned days.
All mosque prayers were banned and few flights ran to or from Amman’s airport.
Here’s everything you need to know about Ramadan 2021:
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic – or Hijri – calendar. It is also believed to be the month the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset on every day of the month, which is typically either 29 or 30 days in length.
As well as abstaining from food and drink, Muslims strengthen their faith through prayer and increased recitation of the Quran.
When does Ramadan begin?
Ramadan will most probably start on April 13. Jordan has traditionally followed Saudi Arabia by declaring the start of Ramadan on the same day as Riyadh, although Jordan’s Religious Affairs Ministry assigns staff to look for the new crescent moon on the 29th day of Shaban to determine when the next month begins.
What are the Covid-19 rules in Jordan during Ramadan?
Mosques will remain open during Ramadan this year as long as social distancing rules are observed
The exception is on Fridays, when an all-day curfew will be in place, meaning Friday prayers will not be conducted communally.
Worshippers will be allowed to leave their homes on foot for half an hour to attend sunset and dawn prayers. Isha and taraweeh prayers will not be allowed in mosques.
The rules will remain in place for the duration of the holy month, with no changes expected during the last 10 days.
As is usual during Ramadan, government departments will be open for shorter hours, from 9am to 2pm.
Are group iftars allowed in Jordan during Ramadan?
Neither group iftars nor Ramadan tents are allowed. Restaurants are closed for dine-in customers, but will remain open for deliveries until 3am.
The government said restaurants inside hotels can stay open for dine-in meals until 8.30pm.
What etiquette should I follow if I’m not fasting this Ramadan?
Eating in public during fasting hours in Ramadan is frowned upon in Jordan, and is technically illegal, so could result in arrest or fines. This also applies to smoking.
Liquor shops are closed throughout the holy month.
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Updated: April 13, 2021 10:26 AM