סגירת כביש ז'בוטינסקי בן גוריון בעקבות ההסגר על בני ברק
Police closing off roads in Bnei Brak during a coronavirus lockdown
Photo: Moti Kimchi
Police closing off roads in Bnei Brak during a coronavirus lockdown

Ministers scrap lockdowns on virus hotspots, opt for curfews instead after Haredi pressure

New restrictions will forbid people from leaving their homes between 7pm and 5am, with local schools shuttered and non-essential businesses closed after 7pm

Ynet |
Updated: 09.06.20 , 21:40
Ministers on Sunday approved night-time curfew for 40 settlements, cities and communities with a high infection rate instead of a full lockdown, following pressure from ultra-Orthodox leaders.
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  • The original government outline would have seen lockdown imposed on 10 "red" zones - communities with high virus morbidity.
     סגירת כביש ז'בוטינסקי בן גוריון בעקבות ההסגר על בני ברק סגירת כביש ז'בוטינסקי בן גוריון בעקבות ההסגר על בני ברק
    Police closing off roads in Bnei Brak during a coronavirus lockdown
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    Following the announcement of the outline last week, Haredi lawmakers protested and urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to look for possible alternatives, threatening that their constituencies would not cooperate with the restrictions and that political repercussions would ensue.
    Netanyahu even called off the ministerial meeting which was set to approve the lockdowns, vowing to Housing and Construction Minister Yaakov Litzman and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri who head the two main ultra-Orthodox parties, that an alternative would be found.
    The new restrictions will forbid people from leaving their homes between 7pm and 5am.
    בנימין נתניהו יעקב ליצמן הערכת מצב נגיף קורונה משרד הבריאותבנימין נתניהו יעקב ליצמן הערכת מצב נגיף קורונה משרד הבריאות
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister Yaakov Litzman
    (Photo: EPA)
    Local education systems will be shuttered and all non-essential businesses will close after 7pm.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings have been limited to 10 and 20 participants, respectively.
    However, there will be no restrictions on movement and entering and exiting these cities would be unrestricted.
    The final list of "red" communities is still unknown, but it is expected to include Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak, Daliat al-Carmel, Elad, Immanuel, Kafr Kasem, Taibe, Tira and Umm el-Fahm.
    A number of new towns are also under consideration, including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kochav Yair, Netivot, Sderot and Eilat.
    First published: 21:37 , 09.06.20
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