Since 1975
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • Home
  • Israel to reimpose coronavirus ‘Green Pass’ as Delta variant hits

Israel to reimpose coronavirus ‘Green Pass’ as Delta variant hits

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Green Pass program would be back in force from July 29. It will apply to cultural and sporting events, gyms, restaurants, conferences, tourist attractions and houses of worship. (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Green Pass program would be back in force from July 29. It will apply to cultural and sporting events, gyms, restaurants, conferences, tourist attractions and houses of worship. (Reuters)
Short Url:
23 Jul 2021 12:07:42 GMT9
23 Jul 2021 12:07:42 GMT9
  • Government had removed most coronavirus restrictions after a rapid vaccination drive that pushed down infections and deaths
  • Green Pass programme would be back in force from July 29, pending government approval

TEL AVIV: Israel announced plans on Thursday to allow only people who are deemed immune to COVID-19 or have recently tested negative to enter some public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and synagogues after a surge in coronavirus cases.

The government had removed most coronavirus restrictions after a rapid vaccination drive that pushed down infections and deaths.

The easing of restrictions included dropping a “Green Pass” program that had allowed only people who had been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to enter some public spaces.

But some measures have already been reinstated, including wearing protective masks indoors and tighter entry requirements for incoming travelers, because of the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

In a further tightening of measures, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said the Green Pass program would be back in force from July 29, pending government approval.

“The (Green Pass) will apply to cultural and sporting events, gyms, restaurants and dining halls, conferences, tourist attractions and houses of worship,” Bennett’s office said in a statement after a meeting of his “coronavirus cabinet.”

Entrance to events with more than 100 attendees will be allowed only for “the vaccinated, recovered and those with a negative test result who are aged 12 and over.”

Under what Bennett calls a policy of “soft suppression,” his government wants Israelis to learn to live with the virus — involving the fewest possible restrictions and avoiding a fourth national lockdown that could do further harm to the economy.

Over 56 percent of Israel’s 9.3 million population is fully vaccinated, and serious cases have remained lower than during previous waves of infection.

Reuters

Most Popular
Recommended

return to top