1k runs, dog walks still okay under new rules, health official says

Health Ministry deputy director Itamar Grotto says new restrictions set to be put in place soon will stop well short of a full lockdown, but will still drastically restrict people’s movement.

He says people will only be allowed to go a bit outside their homes, enforced by police “on an individual level,” which likely refers to phone tracking.

Israeli police at the Tel Aviv beach promenade on March 23, 2020. Police were dispatched all over the country to keep people from gathering in public spaces in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

He says exercise will still be allowed in pairs, for up to a kilometer radius, as walking the dog can continue (that was a close one, Rover), but adds that the details are still being hammered out by the government.

According to reports, pharmacies and groceries that adhere to social distancing rules will remain open.

“I’m in favor of extreme measures to close all food stores, but then we would need to provide people will meals ready to eat,” he says, according to the Walla news site.

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