Government Decides on Neighborhood Lockdowns

Police officers close synagogues following the government’s decisions, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, April 17, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Israeli government confirmed on Thursday evening the decision to lift restrictions on movement in areas of Beit Shemesh while declaring a new restricted zone in Yerushalayim.

The ministerial committee on restricted zones ordered the immediate end of restrictions on Netivot and the Nachala and Menucha neighborhoods in Beit Shemesh in view of an improvement in morbidity data in the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, the committee also declared a restricted zone in Yerushalayim’s Romema Merkaz (which includes Kiryat Belz and Kiryat Sanz) and the Bedouin neighborhoods Nine and Ten in Hura, near Beersheva – from 11 p.m. Thursday to midnight on Sunday.

The committee also extended the restrictions on Ramat Beit Shemesh from 6 a.m. Friday to midnight Sunday.

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