Under 16s to Be Allowed at Public Venues

YERUSHALAYIM -

Youths under 16 and adults with a negative coronavirus test from the previous 72 hours will be permitted to attend cultural events and eat at restaurants, following a cabinet vote on Tuesday.

The easements are to take effect on May 6.

In a separate vote, ministers lifted limits on passenger capacity on public transportation, which had been restricted to just 75 percent, effective Thursday.

On Sunday, the Health Ministry said it would seek government approval to lift all restrictions on seating at sports stadiums and culture venues for those who have been inoculated.

Attendance at sports stadiums and other venues is currently limited based on the capacities of the individual venues, but with caps at no more than 50% of the maximum capacity, and then only for Green Pass holders — these who have been vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. The general limits on other gatherings (excluding venues for vaccinated or recovered COVID-19 patients) are set at 20 indoors, 100 outdoors.

Until now, under 16s, who currently do not qualify for vaccination in Israel, were barred under health rules from going to such events. They were also prevented from sitting indoors in restaurants or entering gyms.