The government has approved a series of relief measures to the emergency regulations to allow the resumption of economic activities in the shadow of the Coronavirus. These regulations cancel restrictions on going out of the house, except for the places and activities that remain banned by the regulations.
The Prime Minister's Office and the Health Ministry
Below is the summary of the emergency regulations (Novel Coronavirus) (Restriction of Activity)
• Starting today, additional activities and businesses are permitted, including Libraries, all kinds of non-medical bodily treatment, alternative medicine, hotels and guest houses, nature reserves, national heritage sites, and national parks, zoos, and safaris. Furthermore, it is permitted to open swimming pools for competitive athletes and therapeutic activities.
• It is determined that the date for opening malls, markets, and gyms will be Thursday, May 7th, 2020.
• mall operators are obligated to maintain the rules in order to maintain public health. They will attest to their commitment to abide by the rules by signing an online form on the Ministry of Economy's website, which will subsequently be submitted for processing by the local authority. According to these rules, a designated employee will be appointed as overseer for the implementation of the public health measures in the mall. The number of people entering the mall, including employees, will be regulated in such a way that at any given time, there will be no more than one person per 20 square meters. A sign indicating the permitted number of people will be placed. A distance of 2 meters between people in the mall will be maintained, including in the waiting lines. Designated waiting areas for those waiting in line will be marked, and signs will be placed reminding people to maintain their distance. In as much as possible, the mall operator will ensure that there will be no more than 2 people per elevator. Hygiene rules will be maintained, including the sanitization of surfaces. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in accessible and available places throughout the mall. Sit-down dining will not be permitted in the mall premises.
• Retail markets will be permitted to open upon approval from the head of the local authority and subject to the following conditions: Local authorities will regulate the number of people entering the market, including employees and business owners, in such a way that at any given time there will be no more than one person per 20 square meters in the open space. Local authorities will determine and implement an instrument for restricting the number of people lingering in the market. They will place a sign reminding people of the number of people allowed in place at any given time. In as much as possible, local authorities will maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between people, including the waiting lines, in order to prevent crowding. Designated waiting areas for those waiting in line will be marked, and signs will be placed reminding people to maintain their distance. Hygiene rules will be maintained, including the sanitization of surfaces. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in accessible and available places throughout the market. Sit-down dining will not be permitted on the market premises. Entry will be denied to people not wearing masks.
• Library operators are legally bound by additional rules, including placing a divider at the checkout counter for preventing respiratory droplets and separating books that were returned to the library for a duration of 3 days.
• Additionally, regarding shops or businesses for non-medical bodily treatments, it has been determined that the operator may admit patrons at a ratio of one person per 15 square meters of the space open for patrons, or a ratio of 2 persons per checkout lane, whichever is higher.
• It was further determined that despite the ban on arriving at the beaches, passing through the beach will be permitted for purposes of maritime sporting activity.
• The restriction on holding prayer services at a distance of only 500 meters from home or work has been revoked (the restriction on holding prayer services at a maximum capacity of 19 people in an open space remains in force).
• Circumcision rituals may be held with up to 19 people in attendance (instead of 10).
• Regarding public places and workplaces, it was determined that in a building with 5 floors or more, elevators might operate at half their permitted capacity (allowing for more than 2 people in the elevator).
• It was determined that psychotherapy sessions are permitted to be held without masks, as long as a distance of 3 meters will be maintained between therapist and patient.
• Regarding ritual baths, it was determined that alongside the previous restrictions (up to 3 people in men's mikvehs and appointment-based admission in women's mikvehs), a designator supervisor will be present on behalf of the operator, to ensure that the rules and regulations are maintained.
• Regarding Muslim-majority localities, the legal force of the temporary order was extended until Sunday, May 10th, 2020, so as to prevent the opening of shops and businesses between 19:30 and 03:00 AM.
The legal force of these regulations is until Monday, May 18th, 2020.
Emergency Regulations (Restricted Area)
The government has approved the extension of the Emergency Regulations (Restricted Area) until Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020. This extension allows the task-specific ministerial committee to designate localities or part thereof, experiencing a renewed outbreak of Coronavirus as a "restricted area."
Extension of the legal force of the resolution ordaining the General Security Service to assist in the national efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and the promotion of a regulatory procedure:
The government decided to extend the legal force of the resolution ordaining the General Security Service to assist in the national efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus until Tuesday, June 16th, 2020, or until the regulatory procedure is completed and legally in force. This resolution will be submitted to the approval of the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee.
The Ministry of Health calls upon the public to continue abiding by the rules regarding physical distancing, wearing masks and maintaining hygiene, for securing the public health, and for continuing the joint efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.