Saturday, July 18, 2020

Israel returns to partial lockdown with immediate weekend shutdown

Government unveils measures after marathon emergency cabinet session as infections rise

 Israelis wearing face masks at a market in Tel Aviv. Daily infection rates have climbed to close to 2,000. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Israel has reimposed some lockdown measures following a vigorous second surge in the number of coronavirus infections, putting in place stringent weekend shutdowns in which shops, hairdressers and attractions will be closed.
The government announced the measures in the early hours of Friday morning, following a marathon emergency cabinet session called after daily infection rates climbed to close to 2,000.
Gyms and fitness studios will also be closed at all times, while restaurants, which opened again in May, will return to takeaways and deliveries only. All indoor gatherings of 10 or more people will be banned

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