Bnei Brak resident with a beard wears a surgical mask
Bnei Brak resident with a beard wears a surgical mask
Photo: AP
 Bnei Brak resident with a beard wears a surgical mask

Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

Health Ministry's No. 2 says the issue of ill-fitting surgical masks, which the public must wear outside due to spread of coronavirus, will be resolved in the coming days; Chief Rabbinate says that ruling permitting to shave in order for mask to fit, might be in the works

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Published: 04.06.20 , 14:15
Israelis who have beards for religious reasons will get the option of custom-made face masks to protect them from the coronavirus rather than being told to shave, a government official said on Monday.
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  • As part of measures to combat the epidemic, authorities last week told people to cover their mouths and noses in public.
    Many of the country's Jews and Muslims, and some Christian clergymen, wear beards as a mark of faith, and the order raised questions as to how facial hair would be accommodated.
     Bnei Brak resident with a beard wears a surgical mask  Bnei Brak resident with a beard wears a surgical mask
    Bnei Brak resident with a beard wears a surgical mask
    (Photo: AP)
    Health Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto said masks would be adapted accordingly.
    "We are creating an industrial certification for masks, which means that in a few days there will really be masks of different sizes," he told Army Radio.
    "...(So) those with beards will be able to use the appropriate masks."
    A spokesman for the Chief Rabbinate has said it might consider issuing a ruling permitting religious Jews to shave if the ministry were to deem it necessary.
    Grotto said seeking a rabbinical dispensation to remove facial hair was "not on the agenda right now".
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