Early Monday, Israel introduced new limitations that would last for a period of nine days, following a surge in Omicron caseloads.
According to the new mandates, crowding at malls will now be limited to one person per 15 square meters. Meanwhile, in malls and large stores, entry will only be allowed to those who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, or tested negative in the past 72 hours.
These curbs will be applied to all customers and employees in stores bigger than 100 square meters in either indoor or open-air malls, except for places that provide vital services- which include stores selling hygiene products, optics products, and medical aid products, as well as supermarkets and grocery stores. Those places will continue limiting crowds to one person per seven square meters.
Approved Sunday evening by the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, the above Green Pass rules will also apply to restaurants in malls. Food stalls in malls will only allow takeout, and only to those with a Green Pass.
Coming to schools, grades 7-12 will study remotely in high-infection communities where less than 70% of students in classes are vaccinated.