Corona Restrictions: Will the closure be lifted on weekends?


The Corona Cabinet convened tonight (Wednesday) to discuss the closure options on the table against the background of the high morbidity in the Corona and to hear the recommendations formulated by the Corona Professor Professor Roni Gamzo. At the end of 4.5 of the discussion, it was decided that the restrictions on weekends would be lifted in accordance with Gamzo’s position, and that an outline would be formulated for the opening of the sky in the middle of the month, entrusted to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Transport Minister Miri Regev.

Currently, there is no country that is willing to allow Israelis to enter through its borders, but contacts are being made on the subject with a number of countries such as Greece.

During the discussion, Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper demanded the opening of the world of culture, when it was finally agreed that cultural performances in open spaces in “green cities” would be possible, according to an outline to be agreed between Edelstein and the Minister of Culture and Sports.

Cabinet members later discussed an outline presented by Economy and Industry Minister Amir Peretz on limiters and compensators, and it was decided that if an area was limited to 14 days, pre-determined compensation would be given according to a formula to be determined by the cabinet.

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The ministers fully accepted the recommendations of the Minister of Health, when a distinction is made between the red and orange cities (22 in number), in which on the one hand there will be a tightening of evacuation of patients to hotels, and on the other – a package of assistance to authorities. According to Edelstein, if the authorities do not cooperate, it will be inevitable to pass a decision on the restrictions.

The government also approved the Compass Plan (or as it is called a traffic light) starting September 1, which includes a tiered model that allows local authorities to create differential limitation / relief policies.

At the beginning of the discussion, Prof. Gamzo presented to the Cabinet his proposal to reduce morbidity by September 1, when in his view he does not support a general closure, but only interventions in red cities. The intervention will be carried out anywhere depending on the rate of infection, and will include tests, restrictions and the involvement of the Home Front Command. Another suggestion that has come up is at night closures.

Gamzo said that “no country in the world with a high level of morbidity like Israel treats morbidity without closure. The Israeli government is sensitive to the delicate socio-economic situation and difficulties of the public, and therefore trusted me in a way that does not include full closure. This is probably a last chance. Will not go down in two weeks – had to consider restrictions including the possibility of local or national closure. ”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Corona Professor Prof. Roni Gamzo (Photo: Tal Shahar)

The professor then presented the following recommendations of Magen Israel and the Ministry of Health, which were unanimously accepted by the Corona Cabinet and on the recommendation of the Prime Minister:

– The use of closures has not been dropped (national or local), but for now it has been decided to postpone its use in light of the recommendation of Prof. Gamzo and the experts and with the support of the Prime Minister, and to re-examine its need in about two weeks.

– Approval of policy regarding “red and orange cities” until 12.08.20 – “Cities with intensive intervention”.

New policy for “red” and “orange” cities:

Extensive massive support system and assistance to the population, while supporting the management of the local authority.
2. Improving the cutting of the contagion chains in these cities with operational tools led by the Home Front Command, as soon as possible.
3. Ensure the isolation of the family unit to prevent inter-family infection and provide spot assistance to families.
4. Enforcement and implementation of current restrictions on gatherings and gatherings.
5. Management of a flexible evacuation system while providing local quotas above the strict criterion, managed by PKAR and the HMOs.
6. Restrictions on the education system – in coordination with the education system.
7. Increasing the assistance of the health funds and the management of morbidity by the Ministry of Health.

Abolition of the restriction on opening businesses at the weekend (the decision will be approved tomorrow by the government).

Abolition of the restriction on stays in playgrounds in public areas. (The decision will be approved by the government tomorrow).

The national restrictions that were valid until now will continue (expected to expire on Monday, but will be renewed in the coming days).

As of 1.9, the “traffic light” program for the management of the epidemic will come into operation in the model of local authorities according to the outline of the morbidity situation in each city. (The full program will be presented to the public prior to its launch date).

At the end of the discussion, Gamzo said that “the recommendations I presented today to the Corona Cabinet are based on thorough staff work done with many partners: government ministries, local government, Home Front Command and defense establishment, Israel Police and with professional guidance from the Ministry of Health and professional experts forum.” .

According to him, “I unanimously accepted a recommendation to avoid a general / weekend / night closure at this time and even a closure on red cities – instead of a quick and immediate intervention in cities with high morbidity (red / orange). “Intensive Intervention Cities” model.

“The basic premise is that a closure of any kind will cause great damage to the economy and society,” the professor said, adding: “The prime minister and cabinet members are well aware of the social and economic difficulty that many citizens face. The decision to try to reduce morbidity without closure is part of my promise to you in the new contract. Fulfilling your promise, especially in the next two weeks, of every citizen – discipline: mask, physical distance, observance of restrictions; It will bring us to a reduction in morbidity without the need for closure. ”


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