After criticism, government says kindergartens, schools won’t close at 1 p.m.

Israeli kindergartens and classes for half of the schoolchildren will operate normally during the upcoming lockdown, rather than stopping every day at 1 p.m. as planned, Hebrew-language media reports.

The government had been heavily criticized for that intention, with angry parents saying it wouldn’t allow them to work sufficient hours.

It was particularly ridiculed when reports said there was no epidemiological reason for the restriction, and that it was proposed merely to “create a feeling of a lockdown” among the public.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Yoav Gallant, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Defense Minister Benny Gantz make the decision to have grades 1-4 and 11-12 maintain normal classes, and have kindergartens operate normally as well.

Grades 5-10 will not be attending classes in person at all and will study remotely.