Starting Tuesday midnight, Israel reinstated some pandemic restrictions owing to the sudden surge in COVID cases due to the highly infectious Delta variant. The Green-Pass system has been activated countrywide, and limits on large indoor events have been employed.
In keeping with the new set of orders, access to indoor events with over 100 attendants will now be limited to those who are vaccinated or have recovered, or who present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. A rapid virus test can also be used if taken within the previous 24 hours. While gatherings aren’t limited in size, face masks are mandatory, except when eating or drinking.
Locations that have both indoor and open-air areas are considered indoor sites under the rules. Venues are required to have a dedicated coronavirus monitor who ensures that the rules are being followed and are required to post signs that they are operating under Green Pass rules, or face a NIS 3,000 fine.
Aside from the indoor event rules, all businesses, including stores, are prohibited from granting entry to anyone not wearing a face mask. Violators will be fined NIS 1,000. There is also a NIS 500 fine in place for those who enter public indoor spaces not wearing a face mask.
According to Health Ministry figures, there were 1,379 new virus cases diagnosed Monday, the highest daily caseload since mid-March. There were 8,593 active virus patients in the country, 59 of them in serious condition.