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Police said to instruct cops not to enforce mask-wearing rules outdoors

People wearing face masks take cover from rain as they walk on Jaffa Street in the city center of Jerusalem, on March 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
People wearing face masks take cover from rain as they walk on Jaffa Street in the city center of Jerusalem, on March 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Police officers have been instructed not to enforce mask-wearing rules outdoors, even though it still is illegal to be without them in public, Channel 13 news reports.

Officially, the rule is still in effect. But unofficially, top police brass has instructed cops “not to focus on the issue, almost not to deal with it, to reduce enforcement to zero,” the report says.

Rather, the focus should be on people who break quarantine.

Due to the frequent talk about the mask rules being eased, top cops reportedly know police will lose credibility with the public if they continue to try to enforce them outside, according to the network.

The latest change doesn’t mean people are supposed to now start going outside without their masks on. But if they do and run into a police officer, they likely won’t be fined.

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