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Long lines of people at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday
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Nitzan Horowitz at Ben Gurion Airport

Horowitz says Israel not mulling shutting down Ben Gurion Airport

The health minister tells senior officials from health and finance ministries that travelers from abroad will be closely monitored but there's no plan to close the airport; says will table Green Pass outline for coronavirus cabinet

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 07.19.21, 09:56
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said Monday that Israeli health officials are not considering at this stage the closure of Ben Gurion Airport as a measure to fight the surge of coronavirus in the country.
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    ניצן הורוביץ בני גנץ ביקור במאהל בדיקות קורונה נתב"ג
    ניצן הורוביץ בני גנץ ביקור במאהל בדיקות קורונה נתב"ג
    Nitzan Horowitz at Ben Gurion Airport
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    "We are not talking about closing down Ben Gurion Airport," he is quoted as saying during a meeting with senior officials from health and finance ministries.
    "Our approach has been and remains to take steps to curb the spread while minimizing the damage to the economy and maintaining the routine of the daily life," he said.
    "Yes, it is likely that more countries will soon enter the blacklist. There is no escape from this. Arrivals and departures from Israel will be closely monitored, but we will not close the airport, we are not talking about it."
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    Long lines of people at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday
    (Photo: Shmulik Dodfor)
    The meeting itself was apparently focused on bringing back the Green Pass mandate that is set to be discussed later in the week by the coronavirus cabinet.
    Horowitz, in tandem with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, is expected to ask cabinet ministers to approve the Green pass outline proposed by the Health Ministry last week.
    According to the outline, a Green Pass or a negative coronavirus test would have to be presented at entrances to mass events attended by more than 100 people. Green Pass is issued to those who've been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
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