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Report: Negative tests will give unvaccinated access to all venues as of Sunday

Starting Sunday, the Health Ministry will allow unvaccinated Israelis to enter locations that require a Green Pass when presenting valid negative coronavirus tests, Channel 12 reports.

The tests will have to be from the past 48 hours, and will allow children under 16 and those who choose not to vaccinate to enter culture and sporting events, hotels, gyms and other venues currently available only to those with a Green Pass, the report says.

Walla News gives a slightly different version of things, saying the option will only be available to minors, and not to adults who choose not to vaccinate. It also says that initially, only 5% of people at any venue can be unvaccinated.

The ministry is also looking at launching quick tests at the entrance to venues in two weeks’ time, Channel 12 says. The network says five companies will provide quick testing services to non-vaccinated individuals.

It is not yet clear whether businesses will be required to fully fund the tests or whether the government will partially subsidize them.

A technician collects nasal swab samples for coronavirus testing at Ben-Gurion International Airport, on February 28, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
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