The Cabinet on Sunday approved the reopening of public parks and playgrounds after the Health Ministry issued new regulations on the matter as the country gradually lifts restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis.
However, the use of fitness facilities within parks would still be prohibited. Moreover, beaches would remain off-limits for sunbathers and swimmers.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan expressed his surprise over the decision not to open the beaches, “what is the logic to maintain the closure of beaches and a ban on swimming?” he asked.
The minister said the move to open public parks was “good and right,” but urged the Health Ministry to “approve the opening of the bathing season. The existing regulations cannot be enforced without explaining the logic behind them,” Erdan said.
The minister submitted a new model for the quarantine of people arriving in Israel, for the government's approval.
According to the proposed directive, Israelis returning from overseas who would be able to prove they could self-isolate in compliance with Health Ministry instructions would be allowed to do so. Currently, anyone arriving in Israel is taken to a designated hotel for a two-week quarantine period.
Two hundred and fifty Interior Ministry inspectors would join police forces to ensure those meant to stay at home do so.
Another measure set for approval by the ministers will be the reopening of businesses in Arab communities, excluding restaurants and cafes.
Arab villages and towns have been under a curfew from evening to sunset throughout the holy month of Ramadan in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus within those communities.
First published: 19:52 , 05.10.20