Coffee shops start to fill up in Tel Aviv after IDF eases restrictions

Streets in Tel Aviv are much quieter than on a normal Tuesday, though coffee shops are starting to fill up as people working from home venture outside.

“We’re used to this,” said 32 year old Shir, who works for a credit card company. “We’re not going to let that keep us cooped up at home.”

Habimah Square, where the largest public bomb shelter in Tel Aviv is located, is completely empty.

— Melanie Lidman

Tel Aviv’s Ha’Bimah Square almost empty of visitors after the IDF closes schools and temporarily stops non-essential work in the city (Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

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