Israel Lifts Most of Its COVID-19 Restrictions
Israel lifted most of its COVID-19 health and safety restrictions on Tuesday as the country has managed to keep its daily infection rate at nearly zero.
Now that the restrictions are lifted, Israelis will no longer need a proof of vaccination or recovery certificate, a Green Pass, to enter into public spaces such as gyms and restaurants. There are also no restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, CBN News reports.
"Today is a very special day," said Hezi Levi, Israel's Health Ministry Director-General. "Now we are opening all the activity in Israel and no more green pass," he added.
Wearing a mask indoors is still required for now, but experts say that restriction will likely be lifted soon.
Israel is one of the leading countries in the world for vaccinating its people. According to CBN News, more than 70 percent of Israelis aged 20 and older have received two doses of the vaccine. The Israeli government is also expected to approve vaccinations for ages 12-15 soon.
"Israel won the corona, still corona is a disease but is a sporadic one," said Prof. Ronni Gamzu, former coronavirus czar and head of Ichilov hospital. "We have won the epidemic, and this is thanks to the Israelis that took the effort and put their trust and took the vaccination in the highest rate in the world. This is the spirit."
In May, Israel began opening its border to tourists again. However, Israelis who travel and who have not been vaccinated are still required to enter a quarantine period after returning home from being abroad.
"We're not thinking about an easing [of restrictions] at Ben Gurion Airport. We will continue to test those returning to Israel and isolate them," Levi told Army Radio. "This is the place where quarantine is important as undetected sickness can bring the infection back to Israel."
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