Two Jordan Ministers Resign for Attending Dinner Party in Breach of COVID-19 Restrictions

Two ministers in Jordan resigned on Feb. 28 for violating COVID-19 restrictions after attending a dinner party at a restaurant in Amman.

Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Samir Mubaidin and Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni after the two ministers breached COVID-19 restrictions that were announced just days ago to curb the spread of the virus and its more contagious variant.

According to local news website Ammon, the two ministers attended an event that brought together nine people, disregarding physical distancing rules and violating the defense order that only allowed a maximum of six people in attendance.

The breach also came days after Mubaidin pledged “zero tolerance” against COVID-19 rule-breakers during a meeting with senior security officers last Feb. 25, according to Arab News.

Arab News also reported that a royal decree has appointed Deputy Prime Minister Tawfiq Kreishan as the new Interior Minister and Legal Affairs Minister Ahmad Ziadat as the new Justice Minister.

Police in Jordan have arrested dozens of people for violating stay-at-home orders in the past weeks.

Furthermore, under the restrictions, those not wearing a face mask in public can face a fine of up to 100 dinars (US$140).

Shops and business have also been ordered to close.

According to data from the health ministry of Jordan, the country has recorded 4,594 new COVID-19 cases and 26 new deaths on Feb. 28, bringing the total number of cases to 391,090 and the total number of deaths to 4,701.

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