שוק מחנה יהודה בירושלים
Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem
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Police in Bnei Brak enforce curfews

Life beyond 500 meters: No schools, no malls but synagogues to remain open

Health Ministry publishes the final list of restrictions ahead of the nationwide lockdown, set to take effect on Friday; the public will only be allowed to leave home to buy groceries, medicine or receive medical or essential services

Adir Yanko |
Published: 09.15.20 , 13:52
The Health Ministry on Tuesday published its final list of restrictions for the coming nationwide lockdown, which includes the closure of all "non-essential" businesses, except for synagogues that will be allowed to remain open under health guidelines.
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  • Israeli government last week voted to impose another nationwide lockdown to combat the rapid spread of coronavirus, with the closure set to go into effect on Friday at 4pm, on the eve of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and last for at least three weeks.
    שוטרים בכניסה לבני ברק בעקבות הסגר הלילישוטרים בכניסה לבני ברק בעקבות הסגר הלילי
    Police in Bnei Brak enforce curfews
    (Photo: AFP)
    The ministry stressed, however, the guidelines are subject to the approval of the government and the Knesset and may change accordingly.
    According to the Health Ministry, starting Friday, workplaces that usually allow public reception will offer services online or via phone.
    Businesses in the field of trade, culture and entertainment will be closed, including beaches, swimming pools, gyms and restaurants.
    Food stands at marketplaces, such as Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem or The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv will remain open, unlike in the previous lockdown when the markets had been ordered shut.
    שוק מחנה יהודה בירושליםשוק מחנה יהודה בירושלים
    Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem
    (Photo: AFP)
    The education system will also be shuttered, with the exception of special needs education and boarding schools. Gatherings will be limited to 10 people in confined spaces and 20 people in open spaces.
    In addition, movement will be restricted to 500 meters from home. The exception includes going out to purchase groceries, medicine, receive essential services and medical treatments. Essential workers will be allowed to move freely to and from their placed of employment.
    The public will also be allowed to leave their homes to attend funerals, demonstrations, legal proceedings, to transfer a child from one parent to another (if they live separately) and perform the ritual of "mikveh".
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    Social distancing prayer at the Western Wall
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    Synagogues, however, will be allowed to remain open during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
    Prayers in open spaces will be permitted with up to 20 worshipers, with social distancing rules applied, while in confined spaces up to 10 people will be allowed to pray.
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