בוקר שישי בחוף הצוק
Police on Tel Aviv beach make sure people don face masks
Photo: Yair Sagi
A man wearing a protective face mask while walking down a street in Jerusalem

After heatwave, Israel makes masks mandatory again

Order approved by Health Ministry last week, which allowed Israelis to go mask-free due to extreme weather, ends as restaurants and hotels are set to reopen later in the week; in May, 4,262 people were fined for violating the rule

Adir Yanko |
Published: 05.24.20 , 10:43
Israelis once again must wear masks outside, to curb the spread of coronavirus, after an order which allowed people to ditch protective face gear due to an extreme heatwave last week, was lifted on Sunday.
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  • The continued decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the country has raised questions about the validity of the health order, but ministry officials say there are no plans to lift the regulation anytime soon.
    בירושלים עדיין הולכים עם מסכותבירושלים עדיין הולכים עם מסכות
    A man wearing a protective face mask while walking down a street in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Eli Mandelbaum )
    Since the beginning of May, 4,262 fines were handed out to people not wearing protective face masks in public.
    According to the order, face are mandatory in all public places with the exception of: exercise activities, in workplaces with a separation barrier higher than 1.20 meters between employees, during a lecture (by a teacher or a professor), for students through first to third grades, children younger than seven, a medical or psychological necessity, during filming of TV shows, films or when assisting a person with impaired hearing.
    בוקר שישי בחוף הצוקבוקר שישי בחוף הצוק
    Police on Tel Aviv beach make sure people don face masks
    (Photo: Yair Sagi )
    On Wednesday, restaurants and hotels are set to be reopened under guidelines approved by the Health Ministry.
    "There is no question that the low number of virus cases in Israel is due to the public's responsible behavior," said Pro. Ran Balicer, Director of the Clalit Research Institute and a member of the Health Ministry's infectious disease prevention team.
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    A shuttered cafe in Haifa
    (Photo: Shamir Elbaz)
    "It's only a matter of probability and bad luck a person with the virus enters a gathering without a face mask and infects other people," Prof. Balicer added.
    "Data shows that the disease is transmitted via 'supercarriers' and wearing a protective face mask prevents a person from becoming one, even if he doesn't know he has the virus."

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