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Israel to enter third nationwide lockdown on Sunday

Schools to be partially opened and people won’t be allowed to enter homes of others

nativity-bethlehem-christmas-xmas-mask-lockdown-israel-reuters Worshippers attend a mass in the Church of the Nativity on Christmas eve in Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank December 24, 2020 | REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

Israel is set to enter a two-week-long lockdown for the third time since the pandemic started. Business owner are protesting against the lockdown set to come in force on Sunday. Lockdown measures were announced after daily infections surged to over 3,000 cases.

Schools will be partially opened and people won’t be allowed to enter homes of others, except for intimate family members. Kindergarten, grades 1-4, and grades 11-12 will hold classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Movement will be restricted to within 1 kilometre radius from home. Exceptions will be made for vaccinations. Spaces meant for entertainment and leisure like theatres will be shutdown. Restaurants will be able to only deliver orders. Takeouts won’t be permitted. Workplaces that do not deal with customers face-to-face will function at 50 per cent capacity. And public transportation will run at 50 per cent capacity.

Gatherings will be restricted to 20 people outdoors and 10 indoors, and individual sports activities, such as jogging, will be allowed. It has also mandated quarantine for people arriving from abroad.

The lockdown could be extended to a month if the number of infections per day remains over 1,000. Israel till now has recorded 385,022 cases of the coronavirus.

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