Government confirms further rollback of virus restrictions, starting Sunday

The Prime Minister’s Office and Health Ministry confirm further rollbacks of coronavirus restrictions as Israel gradually steps out its second nationwide lockdown.

The general outline of the new rules was announced early Friday morning, but without specific details.

Starting Sunday at 6 a.m., Israelis will be allowed to pray in groups of 10 indoors, and 20 outdoors. Violating the prayer rules will result in an NIS 500 fine for each person involved.

Other events, including weddings and parties, will also be limited to 10 indoors and 20 outdoors, with the total number of attendees capped at 20.

Sports for competitive athletes, children and youth will be allowed. Swimming and motorsports are okay for adults.

Driving lessons are allowed, as long as they comply with rules that limit private vehicle capacity to three people.

Open-air heritage sites, historical sites, national parks and nature preserves will open.

Vacation rental homes, hairdressers, beauty parlors can resume business, with some restrictions.

The new rules will be in effect until November 14.

Controversially, street stores will remain closed. The shops can reopen on November 15, if infection rates drop slightly and remain low.

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