Israel’s Coronavirus Cabinet met this Thursday to outline the exit strategy from the general shutdown that has been in force for almost a month and that will end next sunday. Among the activities that may be resumed, the opening of nurseries and kindergartens for children from 0 to 6 years stands out.
Companies without customer service will also be enabled, restaurants that to date could only work with home delivery will now be able to add a take away mode, it will be allowed to visit parks, beaches and nature reserves, and in Jerusalem at both the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher will be able to pray through a capsule system.
In order for these activities to be resumed, and as decided at the beginning of the week, the state of emergency that allowed Israelis to transit only within a radius of one kilometer of homes was lifted. From Sunday, visits to other homes will be allowed as long as the maximum limit of 10 people in closed spaces and up to 20 in open areas is respected.
Cabinet ministers also decided that those cities with high rates of COVID-19 infections will continue to be blocked with the same restrictions that were applied these four weeks throughout the country. For that, the “traffic light” system that defines red, yellow or green zones will be implemented again.
Before the meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defined this closing period as a “great success” and stressed that there is “a clear and consistent decrease in all data” related to coronavirus infections. “It is a success that is already being talked about and other countries are looking at, especially in Europe,” he stressed.
Netanyahu clarified that this stage of openings will take place gradually. “We must do it in such a way as not to fall into another closure in two or three weeks, so the exit must be responsible, careful and controlled,” he said.