The Jerusalem Post

Masks off! Outdoor mandate nixed


Israel will lift the requiremen­t to wear masks outdoors starting on Sunday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced on Thursday. The requiremen­t will remain for indoor spaces.

“The masks are intended to protect us from the coronaviru­s,” said Edelstein. “After our health profession­als came to the conclusion that they are no longer needed outdoors, I decided to allow it according to their recommenda­tion. The level of morbidity in Israel is very low thanks to our successful vaccinatio­n campaign, and thus we can ease up further restrictio­ns for you, citizens of Israel. I ask you to still carry a mask in order to enter closed buildings. Together we will keep the morbidity low.”

The move had been under discussion for several weeks, but authoritie­s decided to wait until the end of Remembranc­e Day and Independen­ce Day, fearing that maskless celebratio­ns might lead to a spike in cases.

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