In revolt, malls and restaurants plan to reopen for vaccinated

Malls and restaurants are threatening to reopen on Thursday in defiance of government orders, according to a coalition representing the businesses.

They plan to allow vaccinated Israelis, those who have recovered from the virus, or those who have a negative test result from the past 72 hours to enter the premises, according to media reports. They also plan to allow children, who can’t be vaccinated, into the stores and restaurants.

The Israel Commerce Forum was established to unite national commerce, shopping mall, markets, and restaurant organizations in confronting government policy during the lockdown.

View of the closed-down stores in the Givatayim Mall during a nationwide lockdown, January 18, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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