The Jerusalem Post

Happy Badge fines up to NIS 3,000


Banquet halls, clubs and other venues that plan to host parties of more than 100 people indoors are now subject to following the rules of the “Happy Badge,” establishe­d by the government last week.

Just before the protocol went into effect at midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, the government shared its details, including some steep fines that are associated with breaking the Happy Badge rules.

Here is what you need to know:

1. The Happy Badge applies to all indoor events with more than 100 people where there will be food, drink or active mingling. This includes places where there is an area that is partly opened connected to the party, such as a large balcony.

2. All staff members are required to wear masks, and signs must be placed for employees and visitors indicating in a public manner the obligation to wear a mask.

3. To enter a Happy Badge event, attendees must present a vaccinatio­n or recovery certificat­e, confirmati­on of a negative result from a PCR test performed within the previous 72 hours or confirmati­on of a negative rapid antigen test within the previous 24 hours.

4. The establishm­ent must comply with all the rules: appointing a coronaviru­s commission­er, checking a person’s vaccinatio­n certificat­e or test result against their ID and placing clear signage that indicates the requiremen­t to present the needed paperwork and identifica­tion.

5. Fines apply to those who break the rules:

• NIS 1,000 for a person who is not vaccinated or recovered and enters with a false

green pass.

• Up to NIS 1,000 on a place

that fails to check for visitors’ green passes or other identifica­tion at the entrance.

• NIS 3,000 for a place that

is required to adhere to the Happy Badge rules but does not place a sign regarding the obligation to show a pass or negative test result.

• NIS 1,000 on an establishm­ent that gives service to a person who is not wearing a mask, or fails to place signage reminding patrons to wear a mask.

The coronaviru­s cabinet is expected to convene on Thursday to discuss reinstatin­g the Green Pass program for additional establishm­ents and the details for how doing

so would be implemente­d.

AMONG THOSE who welcomed the decision was Yad Sarah.

Establishe­d over 40 years ago to lend people medical equipment for free or at very limited cost, Yad Sarah currently runs over 100 branches across Israel, with thousands of volunteers, to provide a wide range of services.

“The important decision of the transporta­tion minister does justice to hundreds of thousands of parents who

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