Israel lifts most COVID-19 restrictions


JERUSALEM, June 2: The Israeli government‘s decision to lift most coronavirus restrictions in the country took effect on Tuesday.

The Israeli Ministry of Health said in a statement that the decision was made due to low morbidity figures and the continuing downward trend in all indices about the pandemic over the past few weeks.

The decision includes the cancellation of the green pass, which was a permit to enter indoor places such as hotels, restaurants, event halls, and sports stadiums for recovered and vaccinated people.

Also, Israeli businesses no longer need a purple badge, which required keeping distance among customers, placing partitions between buyers and sellers, limiting the number of people, and more.

The restrictions on gatherings and occupancy have also been lifted in workplaces, public transport, and airports.

On the other hand, there is still an obligation to wear a face mask indoors. In addition, people not vaccinated nor recovered must enter quarantine after being in contact with a coronavirus patient.

Meanwhile, most restrictions related to travel abroad have not been lifted, such as a ban on traveling to nine countries, quarantine obligation for passengers arriving from these countries, and coronavirus tests obligation for all arriving passengers.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Israel has dropped to 350, the ministry of health said Monday.

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