The full closure ends, the first step in the exit strategy begins: Less than a month after Israeli citizens were ordered to live their lives under severe restrictions, the Corona Cabinet ruled tonight (Thursday) that the exit from the full closure will begin this coming Sunday and will include the opening of educational institutions aged 6-0, businesses without reception, self-collection from restaurants, kindergartens National and coastal beaches.
In addition, the exit limit for more than a kilometer from the house will be abolished and gatherings will be possible for up to 10 people in a closed space and 20 in an open space. The first phase does not include localities with high morbidity data (“reds”), which will continue to operate under stringent restrictions. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri was the only member of the cabinet to oppose the decision in a vote that dealt with rallies, but supported the opening of kindergartens and businesses without an audience.
During the passionate debate at the beginning of the first phase of the gradual exit from the quarantine and relief, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted of the “tremendous success” of the full quarantine imposed on the country’s citizens. However, he warned against leaving too quickly that would lead to a renewed rise in morbidity in Corona.
“We are seeing a decline in all the data, a consistent and clear decline,” Netanyahu said. “We want to converge on the metrics offered to us by the Ministry of Health and the experts, so that we can start with the gradual easing of the current closure conditions. We need to do it in such a way that we do not meet another closure in two to three weeks.
Netanyahu added: “There is no doubt that up to this moment there is success here, a success that is already being talked about and looked at in other countries, In Europe in particular, where the disease is “We have already been through several countries, and they are currently debating the question that we debated and decided on – yes, to make a closure, yes to lower the numbers quickly.”
One by one, the cabinet members presented their positions regarding the exit from the quarantine. Defense Minister Bnei Gantz said: “I suggest we all remember that we are committed to conservative measures, because the morbidity trend should continue to decline. The steps we will take today will allow us to breathe a sigh of relief to continue to maintain the closure.”
the minister of Health July Edelstein Repeat discussion on His words in this morning’s interview with the Ynet studio, And said that if the positive trend continues, “it is no problem to open on Sunday” the early childhood frameworks. “If we are suddenly badly surprised we will return to the cabinet,” he promised. However, he noted that “due to the caution of alerting all parties in the education system,” he preferred that kindergartens be opened on Monday.
Minister of the Interior Deri Demanded at the hearing to increase the number of attendees at weddings to 200, in capsules of 20 in each group and keeping distance – although according to his proposal around the tables at weddings it would be possible to seat up to 40 people. Also at funerals he demanded to allow 200 participants, in capsules.
Deri later reiterated his demand, complaining: “How can people go to the beaches but not to weddings? A wedding is a once in a lifetime.”
Minister of Internal Security Amir Ohana He told Deri that his offer was unenforceable. Also the Minister of Welfare Itzik Shmuli Opposed his demand, he asked: “Have you ever seen a wedding in capsules? It will not happen. After all, it was a serious part of the source of the eruption in the first wave.”
Deri replied, “You probably do not understand the meaning of marriage, sanctification in Judaism.” Shmuli scolded him: “Do not underestimate my Judaism and I will not underestimate your Judaism. I am no less a Jew.” Netanyahu was also required to address the issue of weddings, and told Deri: “You raised an important and substantive issue, but we need to consider whether to raise it already in this debate or to continue it during the next week. This could lead to a terrible tragedy.”
Commenting on his opposition to restricting gatherings, Minister Deri said: “Weddings can not be approved for 20 people. It needs to be increased, it cannot be met. These are things that the public cannot stand. You are forcing people to break the law. Acting a substitute.” L, Superintendent Moti Cohen, agreed with Minister Deri and said that the number 20 is very problematic and that it is impossible to stand.
Minister of education Yoav Galant Call for a “quick decision” on the opening of kindergartens – to allow them to open as early as Sunday. “We need to give the system time to get organized,” he said. The minister in front of me supported his call: “Early childhood must be opened immediately, already at the beginning of the week. There is no release of the economy when hundreds of thousands of parents are paralyzed. The early childhood morbidity rates are also negligible and general morbidity is declining.”
In addition, Galant claimed that the infection did not occur in the education system at all. The Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Itamar Grotto, replied: “Repeating the same mantra over and over again will not make it right. All the experts say that the illness came from the education system. “
The head of the public health services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sharon Elrai, reinforced Grotto’s words: “There is no doubt that the morbidity in the education system was very high.”
Transport Minister Miri Regev proposed allowing hairdressers to open: “Why can’t a book get one customer at a time?”, Minister Regev wondered. Representatives of the Ministry of Health opposed its proposal and any business or public body that receives an audience.
Minister of Tourism Orit Farkash-Hacohen called for the opening of the B & Bs at the hearing, and already last night unveiled a special outline for this, which includes a ban on entering pools and dining rooms, and the arrival of a nuclear family only. In a cabinet discussion she read inquiries she received from B&B owners, and asked: “Why encourage buying blue and white and blue and white tourism but actually sending people to B & Bs abroad?”. Ben Gurion Airport, it will be recalled, will open tonight at midnight – Although the full closure will continue over the weekend.
Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper, for his part, demanded the opening of certain institutions, according to “logical outlines.” He said that “values” should not be left to these areas until the end of the gradual exit process from quarantine. “I don’t talk about everything right away, but there are things that can be opened up safely,” he said. “On the day you decide to open a mall, there is no reason not to open a museum. If you open national parks, there are also heritage sites like Ammunition Hill – why not open at the same time? A society without culture and sports is a missing society.”
Finance Minister Israel Katz said: “The decision will allow an important part of the Israeli economy to return to activity and prevent a loss of NIS 13 billion and also reduce the dimensions of unemployment. We hope that soon there will be a further reduction in morbidity.
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Itzik Shmuli commented on the opening of early childhood: “I am happy that we were able to convince the cabinet to open the early childhood system. The percentage of morbidity within it is zero and must be put back into action. The quarantine must continue to be measured and rated and based only on epidemiological considerations, otherwise we will collapse the exit outline. “
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