Friday, 3 July 2020 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday reintroduced restrictions on public gatherings as the coronavirus continues to rapidly fan out throughout the country.
The premier rolled out the new restrictions, approved during an urgent Thursday evening Cabinet meeting, which include a limit of up to 20 people in closed spaces—such as residential homes—and a limit of 50 people at bars, clubs, event halls and synagogues.
A decision about the opening of restaurants was put off for a later date due to internal disputes between the ministries of health and finance.
Netanyahu said that if Israel wishes to keep the economy going, certain restrictions must be introduced to combat the continued spread of coronavirus.
“The virus is not gone, it is still here and kicking,” said Netanyahu. “I stressed that opening up the economy is contingent on the health guidelines.”
Ministers announced no new restrictions on public transportation and shopping centers since their opening is contingent upon adhering to public health regulations.
Answering a reporter’s question, Netanyahu said that Israel is working on getting test results back to people within 24 hours.
The premier also announced a six-month financial rescue package to help businesses bounce back from economic damages caused by the prolonged closures and provide them with a financial “safety net.” He promised to cut bureaucracy and provide business owners with the funds posthaste.
Posted on July 3, 2020
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