Health officials hint they’ll scrap mandatory hotel quarantine

Top health officials say they’re reconsidering a government order to force all Israelis arriving in the country to self-isolate in state-run hotels. The order — aimed at preventing the British variant of the virus from spreading in Israel — has not been strictly enforced.

“I’m not sure there’s a need for the quarantine hotels [to continue]. We’re weighing whether to continue with this,” Health Ministry director Ggneral Chezy Levy tells the Kan public broadcaster.

Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch tweets: “In light of the reasonable assumption that the vaccines are effective against this mutation as well, it seems right to move to home quarantine and stop the quarantine in hotels.”