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Bennett, health chief agree to end capacity limits on outdoor gatherings

Israelis present their Green Pass certificates at the entrance to a concert venue in Tel Aviv on August 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Israelis present their Green Pass certificates at the entrance to a concert venue in Tel Aviv on August 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

As morbidity figures continue their steady decline, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horwitz have agreed to scrap capacity limits on outdoor gatherings, the Prime Minister’s Office announces.

A statement from Bennett’s office says the two also agreed to ease Green Pass rules at “low-risk areas.”

Mask-wearing will also no longer be required at outdoor events with less than 100 people.

“The requirement to wear a mask in enclosed spaces will remain unchanged,” the statement says.

The new rules were expected to be approved by the so-called coronavirus committee in a phone vote later today. Once approved, they must then be okayed by the Knesset’s Law, Constitution and Justice Committee before taking effect.

Bennett says the easing of restrictions was due to morbidity figures falling to “relatively low numbers.”

“We are continuing to act cautiously because outside, mostly on the European continent, there is a tsunami of coronavirus at the moment, at unprecedented scales,” he is quoted saying in the statement.

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