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Current Regulations:

As of May 7th

Businesses

  • All business, stores and services are permitted operation except for:
    • Discotheques, bars, and pubs
    • Waterparks, theme parks, and petting zoos
    • Parks, communal gardens, amusement parks, and recreational facilities
    • Museums, movie and stage theatres, and other cultural establishments
    • Public sailing vessels and cable cars
    • Event show venue, and fairgrounds
    • Tourist attractions

Employees and Employers

  • Companies can bring up to 30% of their employees into the office or 10 employees, whichever is higher
  • People should be working from home if able
  • Places of work and businesses that satisfy the ‘purple badge’ rules can have a bigger workforce (up to 100%). If they:
    • Appoint a COVID supervisor on behalf of the employer
    • Practice strict hygiene
    • Prohibit gatherings (coffee machine, kitchen)
    • Keep a distance of 2 metres
    • Take temperature of employees at the entrance of the workplace, anyone with a temperature of more than 38 degrees will be denied entry
    • Keep the same group of workers together as much as possible
    • 2 employees can share a room of 20 square meters – if there are partitions can have more employees in the space
    • 5 employees can share a room larger than 20 square metres – if there are partitions can have more employees in the space
    • Meeting and conferences are permitted if there are no more than 8 employees in the same room
    • If one of the employees becomes infected with COVID all or part of the workplace will be shut down until cleared by the Ministry of Health
    • Employees with pre-existing conditions should work from home

Preventing Gatherings

  • Organized gatherings of more than 2 people in a closed space is not allowed, or more than 10 people in an open space, except if living in the same household
  • No mask is required during physical activity if in pairs or members of the same household
  • Wedding may be held in open space with no more than 19 people, keeping 2 metres distance
  • Women may attend the mikveh with a prearranged appointment
  • Men may attend mikveh as long as there are no more than 3 people on the premises
  • Circumcision may be held in open space with no more than 19 people, keeping 2 metres distance
  • Funerals may be held in open space with no more than 20 people, keeping 2 metres distance
  • Driving and road tests are permitted

Education

  • Grades 1-3, 11-12, Haredi students, grades 7-11 are reopened
  • Boarding schools, daycares, pre-nursey kindergartens, youth camps, summer camps and afternoon child care facilities remain closed
  • Special education is open to 3 children in a group and each group must wait 15 minutes until the next one
  • Remote studies are the be held for those who are under the responsibility of the Council for Higher Education

Transportation

  • Private vehicle
    • No more than 2 passengers if not from the same household
    • More than 2 people can travel if for essential purposes only, such as:
      • Medical reasons
      • Transporting minors between divorced parents
      • Transporting minors to caregivers should their guardian leave for essential needs and there is no one to look after the minor
    • Public transportation
      • An empty row must be kept behind the driver
      • No more than a single person sitting on a bench
      • Standing passengers must maintain a distance of 2 metres
      • Anyone with a fever greater than 38 degrees, cough, or breathing difficulty is not allowed to use public transportation
      • Wash hands before and after each trip
      • Vehicle must be ventilated, and surfaces cleaned after each trip
    • Taxis
      • 1 passenger maximum, sitting in the back with windows open
      • An escort is allowed if for medical reasons or transporting minors

Traveling Abroad

  • Avoid all travel abroad if possible
  • Ensure knowledge of local regulations
  • Maintain social distance
  • Avoid contact with people who have respiratory diseases
  • Avoid contact with animals, live or dead, and animal markets
  • Avoid unnecessary visits to healthcare institutions
  • If develop symptoms of fever or acute respiratory disease or contact with a confirmed patient while abroad in the 14 days prior to returning to Israel
    • You are not permitted to fly
    • Seek medical evaluation locally
  • Healthcare system employees are not permitted to travel abroad
  • Workers of the state are not permitted to travel abroad on duty, except in exceptional cases

General

  • A mask must be worn covering your nose and mouth outside. Not wearing a mask will warrant a 200 shekel fine
  • If you do not have a mask a piece of cloth or a scarf can be used
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow area sleeve (covering your entire mouth and nose). Alternatively, you can sneeze or cough into a strong tissue and immediately dispose of it and sanitize your hands with alcohol-based solution/gel or soap and water
  • After washing hands, use a paper towel to close the water tap
  • Avoid using cloth towels to dry hands – use disposable paper towel instead
  • Families can hire a caregiver for their children in order to go to work with a fixed caregiver for up to 3 families
  • Keep tabs of updated from the Ministry of Health

As of April 19th

  • Companies can now bring 30% of their employees into the office
  • No permit is needed for employers, but they will have to declare that they are working according to the guidelines
    • Checking employees’ temperatures upon arrival
    • Maintain hygienic standards
    • Enforce wearing of masks
    • Enforce 2 meters of distancing from each other
  • Stand-alone stores will be allowed to open
  • Beauty and hair salons, toy, clothing, and shoe stores will remain closed
  • Malls and open-air markets will remain closed
  • Individual sports may resume – up to 500 meters from one’s home
  • Can be done in groups of 2, as long as they maintain a consistent training partner
  • Prayer quorums in open spaces may have up to 19 people, as long as a social distancing of 2 meters takes place
  • Men can go to the mikveh as long as there are no more than 3 people on the premise
  • Special education will operate in groups of up to three children
  • Families can hire a caregiver for their children in order to go to work
  • Zoos, safaris, and national parks can operate to hold an activity in an open place intended for a person with a disability
  • Public activity and public transportation will increase supply to match demand

As of April 12th

  • A mask must always be worn outside
  • If you do not have a mask a piece of cloth or a scarf can be used
  • Jerusalem has been divided into sections. Residents are not allowed to venture into other sections unless for essential items

As of April 1st

      • A mask must always be worn outside
      • If you do not have a mask a piece of cloth or a scarf can be used
      • Limited access to and from Bnei Brak

As of March 30th

      • No Minyanim are permitted
      • No gatherings of more than 2 people if they are not from the same household
      • Bris of no more than 10 people
      • Funeral of no more than 20 people
      • Weddings, only immediate family, no more than 10 people
      • No Erev Yom Tov visits with family
      • SEDER ONLY PERMITTED WITH FAMILY LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD
      • Driving is restricted to two people – must sit opposite from each other (driver seat and back passenger seat) from the same household, and only for essential purposes.
      • Ban on leaving current residence unless absolutely necessary. Individuals can go outside for time periods of less than 10 minutes
      • NOT allowed to be more than 100 meters from their residence.
      • All malls, restaurants, schools, universities are closed.
      • Grocery stores will remain open
      • People should be working from home if able.
      • Every employer must have a station for checking for fever in the front of their store, and anyone over 38 degrees cannot enter and he should be 2 meters away from anyone else.
      • Public transportation – you can only use public transportation for work (to and from)
      • Deliveries – only the ones that are essential
      • Sneeze or cough into your elbow area sleeve (covering your entire mouth and nose). Alternatively, you can sneeze or cough into a strong tissue and immediately dispose of it and sanitize your hands with alcohol-based solution/gel or soap and water
      • After washing hands, use a paper towel to close the water tap
      • Avoid using cloth towels to dry hands – use a disposable paper towel instead
      • Keep tabs of update from the Ministry of Health

Current Guidelines Outside the Home

When to leave

  • Urgent medical care – Patients with fever and respiratory symptoms are prohibited from leaving the home except in medical emergencies
  • Employees – may go to work when 2 meters’ distance is maintained
  • Leaving for essential supplies – if supplies cannot be delivered by courier

How to act outside the home

  • Use of private vehicle – ONE person only in the vehicle or family members of the same household
  • Keep a distance of 2 meters from each person
  • Ensure hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Nose and mouth must be covered by a mask or scarf/cloth
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid kissing mezuzahs and other holy vessels
  • Use elevator alone or without getting close to other people
  • Avoid getting within 2 meters (6.5 feet) of other people for more than 15 minutes
  • Outdoor interactions are to be no more than 2 people maintaining a distance for 2 meters (6.5 feet).
  • Avoid crowded places, especially indoors
  • Avoid even short-term contact with people within 2 meters (6.5 feet)
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging, sharing food, kissing, kissing mezuzahs, torahs, or books (prayer books, chumashim etc.)
  • Avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes.

 

Public sector regulators, who are authorized to impose fines, may be used to help enforce Coronavirus rules and regulations if the regulator is not an essential employee in their office.

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