חוף תל אביב ריק
Empty Tel Aviv beach on Wednesday morning
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Police officers in a Haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem

Israel's new coronavirus restrictions - no leaving home, unless necessary

The Health Ministry now requires Israelis to stay home at all times, venturing only to buy groceries, medicine, see a doctor or other emergency situations; public transport to be cut by an additional 25%, effectively shutting it down

Sivan Hilaie, Itamar Eichner |
Published: 03.25.20 , 14:47
The new stricter measures meant to combat the coronavirus outbreak went into effect at 5pm Wednesday. The new steps will further restrict the movement of Israelis, effectively keeping the people in their homes except for emergency situations.
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  • Among the new restrictions is a ban on public venturing further than 100 meters from home. The exceptions to this order include restocking on food and medicine, urgent doctor's appointment, blood donation, legal obligations, protest, provision of medical assistance to someone in need and other emergency commitments.
    פשיטה של המשטרה במאה שערים כנגד תושבים שמפרים את הנחיות משרד הבריאותפשיטה של המשטרה במאה שערים כנגד תושבים שמפרים את הנחיות משרד הבריאות
    Police officers in a Haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem
    (Photo: Ami Cohen)
    Public transportation will be cut by another 25% from its current capacity effective Thursday morning.
    Taxi services will be allowed on a condition that each vehicle transports only one passenger. A second passenger would be allowed in case a passenger requires someone to accompany them. They must sit in the back of the car with the windows open at all times.
    Private vehicles will also be restricted to no more than two passengers.
    חוף תל אביב ריקחוף תל אביב ריק
    Empty Tel Aviv beach on Wednesday morning
    (Photo: AFP)
    Essential workers will be provided with special authorization and will be required to go through a temperature screening upon entering the workplace. Anyone with a temperature higher than 38 degrees celsius will be sent home.
    Supermarkets and pharmacies will continue to operate as well as banks, gas stations, and other vital services.
    Delivery of supplies such as food, medicine, newspapers, electronic devices and essential home maintenance tools will continue as well. Online purchases of any products are allowed as long as the business offers straight-to-door delivery.
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    Shopping center in Bedouin city of Rahat
    (Photo: Roee Idan)
    Essential businesses are allowed to stay open on a condition the customers will at least two meters away from each other.
    Other exemptions to the restrictions include visits to the veterinary and pet food deliveries.
    Enforcement of the restrictions will be significantly increased and their violation will result in a NIS 5,000 fine or up to six months incarceration.
    For more information please visit the Health Ministry website.
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