Ministers Approve Next Stage of Reopening From Sunday

Health care workers take test samples of Israelis in a drive through complex to check if they have been infected with the COVID-19, at the Golani Interchange, northern Israel, Thursday. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Ministers have approved the next phase of the reopening of the economy after the third coronavirus lockdown, from Sunday.

Event halls will be allowed to open with 50% capacity and up to 300 guests.

Restaurants will be able to serve up to 100 customers indoors with up to 75% capacity, only for those with Green Passes indicating they have been immunized against COVID-19. Outdoors, customers can be served without a Green Pass.

Israelis will be allowed to travel to the country from seven destinations, with a requirement to isolate with electronic monitoring.

There will no longer be a requirement to measure the temperature of customers at the entrance to public places and businesses.

In the schools, pupils in grades 7-10 will return to classes in those areas in which classes are held for other grades (green, yellow and borderline orange areas, whose ranking is no more than 7 and in which at least 70% of people over 50 have been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 5,087 Israelis tested positive for coronavirus over Shabbos, with the infection rate dropping to 3.6%.

The Health Ministry said 1,095 coronavirus patients are being treated for the disease at hospitals, with the rest battling the virus at home.

At least 710 patients are hospitalized in serious condition, of whom 234 are ventilated.

The death toll now stands at 5,856.


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