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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

PM revives restrictions on gatherings, announces 6-month economic plan

Restrictions include limit of up to 20 people at closed spaces - such residential homes, a limit of 50 people at bars, clubs, event halls; prayers at synagogues limited to 50 worshippers

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Published: 07.02.20 , 21:49
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday reintroduced restrictions on public gatherings as coronavirus continues to rapidly fan out throughout the country.
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  • The premier rolled out the new restrictions, approved during an urgent Thursday evening Cabinet meeting, which include a limit of up to 20 people at closed spaces - such residential homes; and a limit of 50 people at bars, clubs, event halls, and synagogues.
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    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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    A decision about the opening of restaurants was put off for a later date due to internal disputes between the ministries of health and finance.
    Netanyahu said that if Israel wishes to keep the economy going, certain restrictions must be introduced to combat the continued spread of coronavirus.
    "The virus is not gone, it is still here and kicking," said Netanyahu. "I stressed that opening up the economy is contingent on the health guidelines."
    Ministers announced no new restrictions on public transportation and shopping centers since their opening is contingent upon adhering to public health regulations.
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    Answering a reporter’s question, Netanyahu said that Israel is working on getting test results back to people within 24 hours.
    The premier also announced a six-month financial rescue package to help businesses bounce back from economic damages caused by the prolonged closures and provide them with a financial "safety net". He promised to cut bureaucracy and provide business owners with the funds posthaste.
    Answering a reporter’s question, Netanyahu said that Israel is working on getting test results back to people within 24 hours.
    The IDF on Thursday announced a series of restrictions to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
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    Shuttered Tel Aviv restaurant during coronavirus lockdown
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    According to the new regulations, all military gyms will close and exercises will take place outside.
    The number of parishioners at synagogues will be limited to 50 and if social distancing cannot be adhered to within the building, prayer sessions will take place outside.
    The new restrictions will go into effect at 7am, July 6.
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