Finance Minister Katz: This’ll be last opening; there will be no more lockdowns

Finance Minister Israel Katz tells Channel 12 of the expected opening of much of the economy next week: “This will be the last opening. There will be no more lockdowns… It’s going to open for good.

He says: “We will be the first country in the world to return to controlled activity,” apparently referring to countries that have been closed down by the pandemic.

Katz says he backs a gradual opening in two main stages, one next week and another in early March.

He says he will introduce a plan to the cabinet to provide further support to businesses affected by the pandemic.

Finance Minister Israel Katz holds a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on July 1, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
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