Joint Announcement: The Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Finance
The regulations were approved tonight by telephone survey, following the government resolution from this Sunday to impose a tightened outline for reducing the morbidity rates, starting this Friday at 14:00. The regulation detail the exact rules to be followed during the tightened outline period.
Restrictions on Leaving the Residence
Leaving the residence is only permitted for a range of 500 meters. This restriction allows us to go out to the public sphere (including parks and recreational gardens) within 500 meters from the residence. Additionally, it is permitted to go beyond the 500 meters range and then return straight home for one of the purposes below:
Employee's/soldier's arrival at his or her place of work
Stocking on medications, food, and other essential products and services
Medical treatment, psychological treatment, complementary medical treatment (for only one patient), and leaving for social services setting for an essential social service
Going to the Knesset / attending a demonstration / attending a legal procedure / donating blood
Going out for sporting activity, either individually or with another person living in the same residence – without range restrictions, provided that going out for a sporting activity does not require a car ride
Attending a funeral or a circumcision ritual
For women: Going for immersion in the Mikveh
For a leader of religious services (either a cantor or a shofar blower) who was approved by the Ministry of Religious Services: Leading the High Holiday prayers
Essential treatment for animals
Transferring a minor between the custody of two parents who do not live together, or to the custody of another person, in the case of a minor child of a single parent who is required to leave the house for an essential purpose
Attending a permitted, educational, daytime program (special education, programs for the children of essential workers)
Leaving for the airport for boarding an outbound flight from Israel, 8 hours ahead of the flight
For residents with disabilities in assisted living facilities: Visiting first degree relatives and being visited by first degree relatives in their living facilities
For first degree relatives of the casualties of the Yom Kippur War: Attending memorial services for casualties of the Yom Kippur War
It should be clarified that leaving the house for prayers, even in accordance with the High Holidays outline, is subject to the 500 meters restriction.
In the period between Tishrei 5th (23.9.20) and Tishrei 13th (1.10.20), leaving the residence will also be permitted for buying the four species or supplies for building a sukkah and for observing the kapparot ritual. Furthermore, during this period, a place selling the above or an area used for holding the kapparot ritual will be permitted to open.
Restrictions on Stay
It is forbidden to stay in another person's residence (except for a permitted purpose such as providing services or assisting a person in need)
It is prohibited to stay on the beach, except for purposes of permitted sporting activities (only by an individual or by individuals living in the same residence, while arriving on foot from the residence and without the use of a car)
Rules of Conduct in the Public Sphere
Ban on gatherings – Up to 10 people indoors and up to 20 people outdoors
Maintaining a distance of 2 meters from person to person in as much as possible
Restrictions on the number of passengers in a vehicle – Up to 3 people (except for people living in the same residence) and an additional passenger for each additional back row of seats
Restrictions of Commercial Activities, Leisure and Recreation
Businesses and places open to the public (including commerce, restaurants, swimming pools, gyms, hair salons, beauty parlors, businesses for recreation and leisure activities, hotels), as well as public reception in workplaces, are forbidden from opening. An employee is not restricted from entering business for any purposes other than opening to the public (such as for maintenance, stocking, inventory, and so forth).
Essential stores: Pharmacies, laundromats, stores selling food, optics, hygienic products, housekeeping products, communication products and services, and laboratories for the repair of communication products and computers
A public reception in essential workplaces, for essential services that cannot be provided from a distance (postal services, banking services, etc.)
Hotels and guesthouses – when the premises serve as substitute residence (either long or short term) for anyone who rented this place (such as migrant workers etc.), excluding the use of common areas, pools, etc.; Additionally, hotels used by people in isolation or motels intended for the benefit of patients and their families adjacent to a medical facility
Grounds used for the training of professional competitive athletes, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Sports' Director General
It should be clarified that within shopping malls or markets, only stores selling food and other essential stores may be operated.
Outline for Prayers in Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur
You may only attend communal prayers within a 500-meters range from your residence.
Outdoors – In small and regular groups of up to 20 people, groups are to be separated and physically marked, an empty seat will be placed between people who do not live together, and there will be no serving of food.
Indoors – People will be seated in designated areas in regular groups of either 10 or 25 people (depending on the color designation as red or orange respectively), sheets of nylon will separate the seating areas, the distance will be maintained between them, signs will be placed, clearly indicating the permitted number of people, the square meter surface of the place and the rules of conduct, 2 empty seats will be placed between every 2 persons, and there will be no serving of food.
Maximum Permitted Capacity for Indoor Prayers over the High Holidays:
In a red area – Up to 30 people per each of the 2 first entrances, an additional group of 20 people per each additional entrance
In an orange area – Up to 50 people per each entrance
In any case, the number of people will not exceed a ratio of one person per 4 square meters in the designated prayer area.
Restrictions on Passenger Numbers and Capacity
On a bus in an intra-city service line – 32 passengers
On a bus in an inter-city service line – 30 passengers
On an articulated bus (accordion bus) in a service line – 50 passengers
On a minibus – 50% the permitted number of passengers in the license of the vehicle
On a nation-wide train – 50% the number of seats
On the Carmelit – 50% the number of seats
On a special bus shuttle – 30 passengers
On any other land vehicle – 50% the permitted number of passengers in the license of the vehicle
On a taxi: The driver and one more passenger, or the driver and two passengers, if one of the passengers is an individual who requires a companion. Passengers living in residence are excluded from the above.
Special Guidelines for Passengers:
Passengers will not eat during their stay inside a land vehicle unless it is necessary for maintaining their health
Passengers in public transportation will pay for the fare by independently validating their fare tickets and will not buy tickets from the driver; Senior citizens, the companions of blind passengers, and passengers on board the armored service lines in the Judea and Samaria zone are excluded from the above and may buy tickets from the driver
Operators of land transportation vehicles will employ ushers who will assist in enforcing the provisions of these regulations; Ushers will wear uniforms with the operator's insignia that cannot be mistaken for police uniforms and will carry a badge that clearly and prominently identifies their name and status as ushers.
On buses: A passenger will not be seated in the two front row seats behind the driver and the two seats next to them unless a divider measuring at least 180 cm in height is placed between the driver's seat and the seats behind it; Should the front row seat be reserved for a person with this disability, an alternate seat will be reserved for them as close as possible to the front row seat in a place that allows easy access
Standing passengers will not be allowed on a bus in an inter-city service line
When riding on a bus in an intra-city service line, standing passengers will not be allowed in the front row behind the driver
On a taxi: A passenger will not be seated in the passenger's seat next to the driver unless there is a nylon sheet in place between the driver's seat and the passenger's seat
In all vehicles that allow to open the windows – The windows will remain open during the ride
On a train: A train boarding voucher will be pre-ordered together with the fare ticket. The voucher will include the passenger's identification number and details of the passenger's boarding station and the destination station, and the fare's date and time. Israel Railway Company will store this information received in accordance with this regulation in a secured manner and will not use this information for any other purpose than issuing a train boarding voucher, and will not forward it to any other authorities except for the Ministry of Health for purposes of epidemiological investigations and will delete this information within 20 days from the date of receiving this information.
Furthermore, the government has approved regulations that restrict the number of employees in the public sector.
The regulations state that the number of employees in government ministries, local authorities, and religious councils will not exceed ten employees or 50% of the manpower in place at the same time, whichever is higher. Private sector activities in establishments without public reception will continue, as usual, subject to the "Purple Badge" restrictions.
The government approved regulations aimed at limiting the number of employees in the government ministries, local authorities, and religious councils, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. According to these regulations, starting Friday, 18.9.20 at 14:00, the public sector will be working according to an emergency protocol that will allow the provision of essential services for the citizens but will limit the number of in-office workers to 50% the manpower quota. All other employees will be working, in as much as possible, from home or as part of employment agreements between the Director of Salary and Employment Agreements and the Chairperson of the New General Federation of Labor (Histadrut).
In order to ensure these essential agencies operations and to maintain the provision of essential services for the citizens, the Civil Service Commissioner, the Ministry of the Interior's Director General, and the Ministry of Religions' Director General may issue an order for increasing the quota of employees permitted in-office at the same time, in workplaces that necessitate the employee's physical on-site presence.
This restriction does not apply to the private sector that will continue to operate according to the Purple Badge guidelines. It provided that meetings held inside the workplaces will not be physically attended by more than 10 people.