Swiftly putting an end to the indoor mask mandate on Tuesday, Israel ended one of its last important COVID-19 restrictions, thanks to a majority of the population being inoculated.
For the first time in almost two years, Israel saw children headed to school and adults to work without masks for the first time in more than a year. In April, Israel had removed the outdoor mask mandate, now extending it to the indoors as well.
This drastic measure was taken due to the expansion of the vaccine drive among children aged 12 and above, and with 55% of Israel’s 9.3 million population being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
New infections have been in a steady but gentle decline after a steep drop-off in February and March. The ministry said masks would still be required of unvaccinated patients or staff in medical facilities, of people en route to quarantine and of passengers on commercial flights. The Ministry will also continue updating its list of red countries from which travelers will be required to quarantine for 10 days upon return.
As it stands, as of Monday in Israel, there were 212 active infections and 29 people in serious condition.