Virus czar predicts requirement to wear masks outdoors will be dropped next week

The government’s pandemic coordinator, Nachman Ash, says the requirement to wear masks outdoors will likely be dropped from next week as virus cases ebb.

He makes the comment in an interview with the Ynet news site.

Ash says most experts at a Health Ministry meeting yesterday backed the policy change. Another meeting will be held on the issue soon, he says.

Ash says masks will still be required indoors and at gatherings.

People wearing face masks take cover from the rain as they shop for groceries at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, on February 19, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)