Police say they’re gearing up to enforce tighter lockdown rules

Police are gearing up to enforce the tighter lockdown rules, which go into effect at midnight on Thursday night for at least two weeks.

Some 5,000 police officers will be deployed to enforce the rules, including school closures and the shuttering of nonessential businesses.

Checkpoints will be set up on major highways and within towns and cities, police say. The current rules — which have largely been ignored — already limit Israelis from venturing beyond a kilometer from their homes, except for essential reasons.

Police at a temporary checkpoint at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem on December 28, 2020 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)