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Health officials present proposed stages for reopening entire economy

Ministers are now considering health officials’ proposal for stages of exiting the ongoing national closure.

According to Channels 12 and 13, the stages are as follows:

  • February 23: Opening of street shops, malls, gyms, culture and sporting events, museums, libraries and hotels, in accordance with health rules.
    Conditions: At least 3 million Israelis have received 2nd vaccine shot; at least 90% of over 50s are vaccinated; 900 or fewer COVID-19 patients are in serious condition; a virus basic reproduction number of less than 1 (meaning every infected person infects fewer than one other person on average).
  • March 9: Opening of cafes and small restaurants, hotels, attractions, conferences and event venues.
    Conditions: At least 4 million Israelis have received 2nd vaccine shot; at least 95% of over 50s are vaccinated; the number of patients in serious condition is stable, without a rise; virus basic reproduction number is stable.
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