Israel Under Lockdown


September 14, 2020 10:00 am
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Netanyahu announced on Sunday that Israel will enter a three-week nationwide lockdown starting on Friday, erev Rosh Hashana. The lockdown will continue through succos. The lockdown is an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus after hospitals warned they are at full capacity due to a second wave of infections.

During the lockdown, Israelis will have to stay within 500 meters of their houses, but can travel to workplaces that will be allowed to operate on a limited basis. Schools and shopping malls will be closed but supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open. The public sector will operate with fewer staff, but non-governmental offices and businesses will not have to close, as long as they do not accept customers.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and no more than 20 people outdoors. There will be a separate decision and announcement regarding minyanim during the yomim noraim. “I know those measures will exact a heavy price on us all,” Netanyahu said. “This is not the kind of holiday we are used to. And we certainly won’t be able to celebrate with our extended families.


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