Netanyahu Eases Restrictions, Allows Increased Workforce And Limited Outdoor Minyanim

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) On Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that the strict lockdown imposed in Israel to prevent the spread of coronavirus would begin to be lifted Sunday. Some economic restrictions have been lifted, with the number of employees allowed to return to work increasing from 15% to 30%.

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Netanyahu added that hi-tech and service industries will see an even higher rise, but will be subject to restrictions. Public spaces will open, with the exceptions of malls and open markets. Street shops offering electricity, optics, and household products will be allowed to reopen.

Those over 67 years of age should not go to work, he said. Companies will be allowed to operate, and meetings of up to eight people may be held.

Schools will not open yet, except for special education classes which will be split into classes of three children in separate groups. Private kindergartens with up to three children will also be allowed to operate. However Netanyahu warned that “if another outbreak occurs over the coming two weeks, we will be forced to return to previous measures.”

Exercise will be permitted in groups of two, and communal prayer will be allowed outside, in minyanim of up to ten people, maintaining social distance rules and facemasks. Ministers Erdan (Public Security and Smotrich (Transport) requested that up to 20 people be allowed to pray outdoors.

Netanyahu emphasized that “Coroanvirus will not leave soon. We need a stable, wide government.”


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