Sep 14, 2020
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What kind of strict quarantine is being introduced in Israel?

Israel announced the resumption of quarantine measures. From September 18 to October 10, a general quarantine is being introduced in the country due to an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19. According to the government, they decided to announce strict restrictive measures due to fears that the infection will spread among believers who will celebrate important religious holidays - Rosh Hasan, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simhat Torah.

"Today at a government meeting, we decided to close (quarantine) for the next three weeks, with the possibility of extension, but at the moment - until the Simchat Torah holiday (from the evening of October 9 to the evening of October 10 - note)", - stated Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference on 13 September.

The authorities believe that quarantine measures will reduce the number of cases. In recent weeks, up to 4 thousand cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Israel every day. In total, 153.8 thousand were infected with coronavirus in the country, 114.6 thousand recovered, 1.1 thousand people died.

What restrictive measures will take effect in Israel from September 18?

The restrictions will take effect on the eve of the Jewish New Year - from 14.00 (the time coincides with Moscow) on September 18. According to the government's press service, quarantine measures include restrictions on the movement of citizens, the closure of educational institutions, the termination of the work of restaurants and cafes, offices and offices, in addition to vital industries.

Economic activity in the country will be completely stopped. Only life-supporting enterprises, supermarkets and pharmacies will work. Movement between settlements will be limited. Residents will not be allowed to move more than 500 meters from their houses. Hotels, gyms and swimming pools will be closed during the quarantine. Restaurants will be able to work only within the framework of home delivery.

Non-governmental institutions and companies can remain open, but they cannot accept clients. According to the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, kindergartens and junior grades (from 1 to 4) will not study within the next month, and students in grades 5-12 will study remotely. An exception will be the education system for children with special needs.

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