Israel was the first in the world to re-quarantine

Nationwide quarantine measures due to the coronavirus epidemic were introduced for three weeks, but they retained the possibility of extension.

In Israel, on Friday, September 18, a second nationwide quarantine began to operate due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The restrictions were introduced for three weeks with the possibility of extension.

Thus, the quarantine will be in effect during Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah, which is celebrated from the evening of October 9 until the next sunset.

Initially, it was planned to prohibit people from moving away from home by more than 500 meters, but then the government still increased the allowed distance to a kilometer. People within this distance can go to parks, playgrounds, and prayers on Yom Kippur (Judgment Day), which is celebrated this year on September 27-28.

At the same time, it is possible to leave more than a kilometer from home only in some cases: to work, to buy food and medicine, essential goods, to help people in dire straits, to funerals, circumcision, to court, to the Knesset, and to a donor center. This list also includes participation in protest actions.

At the same time, the whole family is allowed to play sports, if this does not require a trip by transport. Competitors can practice at sports centers.

Israelis are prohibited from visiting, relaxing on beaches, gathering in companies of more than ten people in enclosed spaces, and more than twenty in open spaces. Public transport and businesses will operate with restrictions. Educational and recreational institutions, cafes, restaurants, and sports clubs are closed, as are shopping centers, hairdressers, and beauty salons.

The government announced a program to provide economic support to the population and entrepreneurs. In particular, it provides for a ten percent reduction in the salaries of some high-ranking civil servants; changes in the criteria for receiving assistance for business — now the costs will be reimbursed to those enterprises whose turnover has decreased by at least 25 percent (instead of the previous 40 percent); accelerated receipt of cash payments; help in paying municipal tax.

Note that Israel became the first country to re-declare a nationwide quarantine. Restrictions were lifted there in May when the incidence dropped to single cases per day.

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