Health minister decries decision to keep schools open during lockdown

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein condemns Knesset lawmakers for voting to allow all schools to remain open during the third national lockdown, saying the decision would only prolong the closure.

Under the original terms for the lockdown proposed by the government, preschools, grades 1-4 and grades 11-12 were to have a full day of classes as usual, but grades 5-10 were to stay at home and use distance learning instead. However, the Knesset Education Committee convened on Sunday and voted to overturn the regulations, thereby keeping all students in the classroom.

Edelstein says the “wretched decision to allow studies in all grades — is something that will certainly prolong the lockdown,” which began at 5 p.m..