Is­rael tight­ens virus lock­down

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD -

Is­rael on Thurs­day moved to fur­ther tighten its sec­ond coun­try­wide lock­down as coro­n­avirus cases con­tin­ued to soar, or­der­ing all nonessen­tial busi­nesses to close and re­quir­ing peo­ple to stay within 1,000 yards of their homes.

Prayers dur­ing the on­go­ing Jewish High Hol­i­days, as well as po­lit­i­cal demon­stra­tions, would be limited to open spa­ces and no more than 20 peo­ple, and par­tic­i­pants would have to re­main within the re­stricted dis­tance from home.

The mea­sures are set to go into force this af­ter­noon, as the coun­try shuts down for the weekly Sab­bath ahead of the solemn holy day of Yom Kip­pur on Sun­day and Mon­day. Even dur­ing nor­mal times, Is­rael com­pletely shuts down for Yom Kip­pur.

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