Businesses warn of major economic fallout if lockdown imposed over High Holidays

Business leaders warn of widespread economic fallout if ministers decide to impose a nationwide lockdown over the High Holidays as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lockdown during the holidays will result in an additional 2,000 businesses not reopening their doors,” Shai Birman, who heads an organization of restaurant and bar owners, is quoted saying by Channel 12 news.

Noam Levi, who leads a group of event halls owners, tells the network he expects his industry will “totally collapse” if there’s a lockdown over the holidays.

The hotels union calls lockdowns a form of “collective punishment” and warns many hotels may not reopen until Passover if they’re forced to shut down during the High Holidays, which begin this year on September 18 and run through October 11.