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Knesset panel okays fines for non-travelers entering airport

Travelers stand in line to get coronavirus checks upon arriving at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, on July 1, 2021. (Nati Shohat/ Flash90)
Travelers stand in line to get coronavirus checks upon arriving at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, on July 1, 2021. (Nati Shohat/ Flash90)

The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee approves new government regulations that will prevent non-travelers from entering Ben-Gurion Airport, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Army Radio.

Under the new rules, only those leaving the country may enter the terminals, starting four hours before the flight and upon presenting their ticket at the door.

Minors who are traveling alone and people with disabilities are permitted to have someone accompany them in the airport.

Those who violate the rules are subject to a NIS 500 fine.

During the discussion over the rules, a Health Ministry representative says the government has no intention of closing the airport or restricting flights at this time, according to the radio report.

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