Reversing course, education minister backs closing all schools during lockdown

Education Minister Yoav Gallant, who strongly opposed school closures and claimed repeatedly the education system i\was not the source of serious outbreaks, is now amenable to shutting down all schools.

“I will agree to shut down the whole school system if a general lockdown is decided,” says Gallant, according to Channel 12.

Israel is technically now under lockdown, its third since the start of the pandemic, but authorities are set to tighten the loopholes in the regulations, which kept many schools and workplaces open even as virus cases spiked.

Israeli children wearing face masks attend a class lesson at the Beit Hakerem school in Jerusalem, November 24, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)