New Corona Restrictions: Guidelines and Fines You Should Know


On 24.9.20 the government approved an amendment to the regulations special powers to deal with the new corona virus (temporary order) (restriction of stay in public space and restriction of activity). This amendment entered into force on 25.9.20 at 14:00 and under it strict restrictions were imposed on leaving the place of residence for the public space, as well as restrictions on crowds and public and business activities. The main goal of tightening restrictions is to curb the sharp rise in the number of people infected with coronary heart disease and gain control of the plague.

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Prohibition on leaving the place of residence – the rule and the exceptions
The amendment to the above regulations stipulates a prohibition on leaving the place of residence to the public space, as part of the directive of Corona’s Director No. 30, all the actions permitted to be carried out despite the restrictions were specified. Of a soldier for the purpose of performing his duty in the course of his military service. It was further stipulated that it would be possible to leave the place of residence for the purpose of obtaining medicines, essential products and food.

As part of the exceptions, it is also permitted to leave the place of residence for the purpose of participating in a demonstration, funeral, alliance and legal proceedings, departure for sports activities or departure to the airport for a flight outside Israel and more. The sanction set forth in the regulations for leaving the place of residence for an action or purpose that is not permitted is an administrative fine of NIS 500. It should be noted that all those staying in the public space and in public or business places are obliged to maintain a distance of at least two meters between one person and another, except people who live in the same place.

Prohibition of gathering in buildings and open areas
Another tier of restrictions can be found in the gathering restriction, which includes a ban on participating or holding a gathering in which the number of people exceeds 10 people in a building or 20 people in an open area. It was further stipulated that prayers could be held in open areas with the participation of up to 20 people when it was strictly forbidden to hold prayers in the building in the presence of another person. Having a prayer in a building with another person is an offense that will be enforced by the police by imposing an administrative fine of NIS 500.

The regulations stipulate that a police officer may order the dispersal of an assembly that takes place in violation of the law. In the event that a person refuses to order a police officer to evacuate, the police officer may use reasonable force against him to disperse the crowd and in the process also impose an administrative fine of NIS 1,000 on him. In the transport context, it was determined that traveling in a private vehicle will only be allowed for 3 people, unless it is people who live in the same place.

Prohibition on conducting business and public activities
As part of the restrictions on business and public activities, it is prohibited to operate a place open to the public or businesses that include places of entertainment, culture, commerce, tourism and leisure, swimming pools, restaurants, markets, gyms and studios. However, pharmacies, opticians, hygiene stores and food-selling businesses were exempted from the ban. It was also stipulated that a business for the sale of essential products for the home and shops for the sale of communication products or computers could continue to operate subject to keeping distance and the requirements of the purple mark. A person who operates a business whose operation is prohibited by the regulations commits an offense that carries a fine of NIS 5,000.

The regulations also stipulate a ban on staying in a business or public place whose opening to the public is prohibited, and a ban on staying at the beach for non-sporting or work purposes. Violation of these prohibitions will be enforced through an administrative fine of NIS 500. The regulations also stipulate that restrictions on the maximum occupancy will also apply to businesses or public places whose activities are permitted. Therefore, a business operator is obliged to operate a mechanism to regulate the entry of people into the place so that at any given moment the number of people in the place does not exceed 10 people in the building and 20 people in the open place (excluding workers in the place).

Establish a mechanism for regulating the entry of people into the business
A business owner who has violated the obligation to operate a mechanism for regulating the entry of such persons commits an offense that will be enforced through an administrative fine in the amount of NIS 2,500. In the case of operating a business or public place after the head of the public health services, a district doctor or his deputy ordered its closure due to the presence of a person carrying the virus, a fine of NIS 5,000 will be imposed on the operator.

Despite the difficulty involved in following the guidelines during the holidays and vacations, it is important to observe them carefully in order to stop the spread of the virus. Responsible public conduct may help control the epidemic and flatten the infection curve.

Article courtesy of LawGuide.

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