As the coronavirus continued to wreak havoc in Israel, a set of new restrictions were formally put into place starting Wednesday.
Aiming to avoid a fourth lockdown, Israel reimposed numerous restrictions on Wednesday, including caps on gatherings and reinstating mask mandates. Under the new orders, private gatherings are capped at 100 people outdoors and 50 people indoors, while at event venues, the cap is 500 outdoors and 400 indoors.
Additionally, no event can surpass 75 percent of a venue’s full capacity. Mass events where there are no marked seats are capped at 1,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors.
Face masks are mandatory in all closed spaces, apart from one’s place of residence, as well as in outdoor gatherings of at least 100 people. Masks are already mandatory in public indoor spaces. Malls and other businesses were ordered to enforce social distancing and limit the number of shoppers allowed indoors.
The new restriction has also brought back the Green Pass system wherein access to venues or events is granted only to those carrying documentation showing that they are vaccinated, recovered, or took a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours. The Green Pass will apply to events with more than 100 people, and will also apply to sports and culture events, conferences, exhibitions, hotels, gyms, pools, event halls and venues, festivals, restaurants, bars, cafes, dining rooms, museums, libraries, tourist attractions, and universities and higher education colleges.