Israel Government decides to lift some Covid restrictions starting Monday!
Israel becomes the first country to remove the rules of compulsory masks in the country. Israel lifts the ban on wearing masks, and it is not necessary for any outdoor activity. The move came after the successful vaccination of 56% of the total population.
Brief summary on lifting masks in Israel
- Israel is setting the example by removing the rule of compulsory masks.
- More than half of the population is vaccinated and healthy, according to the figures.
- Israeli president also warned the people to stay alert as the virus may return.
The people of Israel can walk without masks as the government has announced wearing masks is not necessary anymore. This announcement came after more than half of the population is vaccinated. The mask rule was mandatory for almost one year, and now Israel is taking a step further towards normalcy.
Israel Health Minister Yuli Edelstein stated, “The rate of infection in Israel is very low thanks to the successful vaccine campaign in Israel, and therefore it is possible to ease (restrictions),”
In another big announcement on Monday, all schools fully reopened with proper measures. Israeli schools were closed since September, and now it is opening with capacity.
While the world is grappling with the second wave of infection and more deaths than usual, Israel is coming forward to get vaccine shots. According to The New York Vaccine Tracker, 56% of the population have sincerely taken their vaccines.
Reaction of Israel residents?
“Finally, I can breathe again!” Eli Bliach, 35, an entrepreneur, said while walking mask-free in downtown Jerusalem on Sunday morning. While some people felt happy to throw away this piece of clothing, some want to stay with masks and do not want to take any risk. With rising temperatures, people were happy as they will not get any tan lines anymore.
“I am not confident that the pandemic is over,” said Ilana Danino, 59, a cosmetician and caregiver who was still wearing a mask while walking down an almost empty street in the city center. “It is still out there all over the world.”
The restrictions are not in public spaces, but in some places like cinema halls, spas, stores, and worship places, masks are mandatory to avoid any consequences.