Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Sunday that the requirement for masks to be worn indoors will be lifted on 15th June, marking the end of one of the only major coronavirus restrictions remaining in Israel.
For the time being, schools will be excluded from the easing of limitations, with children still required to wear masks in class, as the majority of those under 16 have yet to be vaccinated.
The policy will extend to Ben Gurion Airport, though travellers will continue to face other restrictions and individual airlines may require masks on planes themselves. The Health Ministry will also continue updating its list of red countries from which travellers will be required to quarantine for 10 days upon return.
Israel’s ambassador to Britain H.E. Tzipi Hotovely wrote in the Daily Mail this week on Israel’s efforts during the pandemic, and praising the measures taken by the Israeli and British Governments in the vaccine rollout: “The Israeli and British governments were both quick to spot that vaccination was the way out of this nightmare, and acted fast to access vaccines and roll out a vaccination programme”. Read the article here.