Plan for gradual lifting of lockdown to take months — TV

Prime Minister Netanyahu is insisting that the lockdown measures remain in force even after they expire on October 14 and not be eased until at least October 18, Channel 12 news reports.

The network also publishes the Health Ministry’s plan for easing the lockdown, which is expected to last for months.

While there are proposed dates for lifting the restrictions, the report says any easing of the restrictions could be pushed off if the infection rate hasn’t dropped enough.

In the first stage, which will begin October 18, the restrictions on protests will be lifted, families that live apart can get together, beaches will reopen and restaurants can offer takeaway, if the number of new cases per day drops to 2,000.

In the second stage, which will start November 1 if there are only 1,000 cases a day, grades 1-4 can return to school, synagogues can reopen and elective medical procedures will resume.

In the third stage, which will start November 15 if the number of daily infections falls to 500, businesses with in-store customers can open, as can gyms, shops, malls and outdoor markets.

In the fourth stage, restaurants and cafes can reopen as can “attractions” if there are only 250 new cases a day.

In the fifth stage, which will begin on December 13, pools, hotels and guest houses can reopen, while in the sixth stage, starting December 27, museums, leisure and entertainment venues can open and group sports will be allowed.

In the seventh stage, one January 10, all grades above fourth can return to school and in the final stage, starting January 24, theme parks can open and mass cultural events will be allowed.

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