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No mass entertainment shows to be allowed on Independence Day — reports

Israelis take part in celebrations marking 71st Independence Day, in Jerusalem on May 8, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israelis take part in celebrations marking 71st Independence Day, in Jerusalem on May 8, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Despite the steep drop in COVID-19 infections and the increasing reopening of the economy, the government is not planning to allow Independence Day entertainment shows with crowds, Hebrew media reports.

Israelis typically celebrate the occasion — marked this year on April 15 — with music concerts and large cultural events, although last year, it was held under the first COVID-19 lockdown. The Health Ministry is said to be concerned that many kids — who cannot be vaccinated — attend those shows.

However, unlike last year, the official state ceremonies for Independence Day and the preceding Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims will be held as usual, with crowds in the audience, the reports say.

Only vaccinated or recovered people will be allowed to attend the official events, except for bereaved families.

Some culture events can be held according to the “Green Pass” rules, for vaccinated and recovered patients only.

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