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Israel’s gradual reopening, from February 21: What you need to know

The new phases of the government’s exit plan — as set out by the PMO and Health Ministry

Israelis exercise on the Tel Aviv beach boardwalk, during a nationwide lockdown. February 03, 2021.(Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israelis exercise on the Tel Aviv beach boardwalk, during a nationwide lockdown. February 03, 2021.(Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The rules and restrictions of the next phases of the Israeli government’s COVID-19 exit plan, as set out by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Health Ministry, in a statement late on February 15:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Monday, 15 February 2021) convened the Corona Cabinet to continue discussing the plan for exiting from the lockdown and the Green Badge outline.

The Cabinet approved in principle the second and third phases of the Health Ministry exit plan; the regulations will be approved as soon as work on them is completed.

The second phase will begin at 07:00 on Sunday, 21 February 2021:

Education:

Classes in grades 5, 6, 11 and 12 will be permitted in green and yellow cities as well as in orange cities with a 70% vaccination rate and the Magen Chinuch plan.

Without the Green Badge:

Malls, open shopping centers and markets, street stores, museums and libraries will be allowed to open according to the stringent Purple Badge. Houses of worship will also be permitted to open (10:20, according to the choice of the house of worship).

With the Green Badge (only for people who have received both doses of the vaccine + one week and people who have recovered):

Gyms and studios, cultural and sports events, fairs, houses of worship (upon advance registration, according to the choice of the house of worship), hotels (without dining rooms, with an option for those under 16 with a negative test) and swimming pools may open.

Restrictions on gatherings:

Ten people inside and 20 outside – will take effect on Friday, 19 February 2021.

Green islands:

Hotels in the green islands on the Dead Sea (and Eilat, should it become green) may fully open (including dining rooms).

The third phase will begin on Sunday, 7 March 2021:

Education

Classes in grades 7-10 will be permitted in green and yellow cities as well as in orange cities with a 70% vaccination rate and the Magen Chinuch plan.

Without the Green Badge

Cafes and small restaurants

With the Green Badge

Restaurants upon advance registration; full activity at hotels, event halls, attractions and conferences

Restrictions on gatherings

Twenty inside and 50 outside (except for red cities in which the 10:20 ratio will remain in force)

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The Cabinet also approved an outline for the Purim holiday:

* Gatherings (except 10:20 and in houses of worship as per the second phase of the exit plan)

* Holiday meals will be for nuclear families only

* Parties, parades and mass events are prohibited

* Music vehicles will be permitted without gatherings

* The tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai will be closed from Thursday, 18 February 2021, until Sunday, 21 February 2021.

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