A forerunner in vaccinating its adult population, Israel is set to vaccinate children between 12-15 starting this Sunday and has formally lifted almost all of its COVID restrictions. As of Tuesday- the Green Pass and Purple Badge systems, which had set guidelines for who can enter public venues and how those venues can operate- have expired.

Starting June 1,  Israelis will no longer require proof of vaccination or recovery to enter various venues, and capacity limits at stores, restaurants, and other sites will be lifted. There will be no further caps on gatherings, indoors or outdoors. Most businesses and schools have already returned to normal and infection rates are at an all-time low.

Source: Tamir Elterman for The Wall Street Journal

As it stands, the only major restrictions remaining will be a mandate requiring masks to be worn indoors, which is also expected to be lifted soon, and quarantine requirements for unvaccinated people entering the country. Over 70 percent of those in Israel aged 20 or over have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and the government is reportedly set to approve vaccination of adolescents as young as 12 in the coming days.

As far as the influx of passengers from other countries is concerned, on Monday, the coronavirus cabinet of ministers voted to keep testing requirements in place for those entering the country, at least 72 hours before the flight and immediately after landing.

 

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