Indoor mask requirement to be lifted next week

The health ministry announces that the requirement for masks to be worn indoors will be lifted next Tuesday, marking the end of one of the only major coronavirus restrictions remaining in Israel.

For the time being, schools will be excluded from the easing of limitations, with children still required to wear masks in lessons since the majority of those under 16 have yet to be vaccinated.

Israelis throwing face masks as they celebrate the end of the mask mandate outdoors in Jerusalem, April 18, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The ministry said that if the declining trend in morbidity continues and the campaign to vaccinate 12- to 16-year-olds, which began today, succeeds, there will be another discussion on the subject in the coming weeks.

Israel’s mass vaccination drive, which has already given both shots to over half the population, along with lockdown measures, brought down the number of new daily cases (based on a weekly average), from 8,600 at the peak of the health crisis to just four on Saturday.

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