Virus czar: We’re very worried about Purim; must consider curfew, closure

Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash tells the coronavirus cabinet it needs to consider a nighttime curfew or even a tight closure on the Purim holiday, on February 25-26.

Ash says health officials are very worried about mass celebrations on the holiday and drastic steps may be necessary “in order to prevent our traumatic experiences from last year.”

Purim parties in 2020 are believed to have contributed greatly to the first wave of COVID-19 infections in Israel. And Israel now faces the UK variant of the virus which is far more infectious than the original strain.

Revelers celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in the ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem on March11, 2020, when guidelines restricting gatherings were already in place. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
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