Delivery, Yes; Takeout, No

YERUSHALAYIM -
Dogwalkers in Park HaYarkon, Tel Aviv. (Yaakov Lederman/FLASH90/File Photo)

While the latest raft of restrictions in the coronavirus crisis haven’t been announced yet officially, some information was getting out during the day Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏ was quoted as saying that takeout orders at eateries will be disallowed, in order to minimize physical contact with customers, but delivery orders will continue.

The Health Ministry denied a report that the supermarkets would be next on the lockdown list.

The ministry said: “We would like to clarify that this is a scenario that is being appraised for a very extreme situation, and is not currently on the agenda.”

Itamar Grotto, deputy director of the Health Ministry, had said: “Maybe this sounds like an extreme step, but I think we need to close the food stores and maybe distribute [IDF] meals to the public. But this requires a lot of infrastructure.”

Canine movement will also be tightened, and dogs will be put on a tighter leash. Walking dogs will still be allowed in pairs, for up to a kilometer radius, about three-fifths of a mile.