As Israel prepares to transition from Memorial Day to Independence Day, some 44 roadblocks were put up Tuesday afternoon ahead of the nationwide lockdown, which was to take effect at 5pm, as part of government measures meant to curb coronavirus.
The lockdown is set to end at 8pm Wednesday. During that time, Israelis will only be allowed to leave their homes in case of emergencies and only within their municipal boundaries.
Public transportation set to be halted at 5pm and will not be renewed until Thursday morning. Supermarkets are set to be closed throughout the lockdown.
The Independence Days celebrations, characterized by barbecues in local parks, have been banned by the Health Ministry. Most local municipalities also cancelled the traditional firework shows, deeming it "inappropriate" at the time of the epidemic.
Lockdown allows people to venture 100 meters outside their homes and engage in sporting activities some 500 meters outside their houses. Bathing at the beach is still forbidden.
Police said hundreds of patrols will enforce the health directives and fine anyone violating the lockdown. "We urge the public to comply with health directives and follow police orders to make sure the citizens of Israel remain safe," said the police's traffic department.
According to Health Ministry orders, all persons over the age of seven and without mental, psychological or health issues barring them from doing so, must wear a protective face mask upon leaving their homes.
Anyone found to not be wearing a protective face mask could face a fine of up to NIS 200.