Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised that the Israeli government will begin to gradually ease restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Until today we took measures to restrict movement… to reduce the number of people at work… to track confirmed cases. These measures have proven themselves… these positive results enable us to ease the restrictions gradually”, Netanyahu said, as quoted by The Times of Israel.
According to Netanyahu, 30 percent of employees will be allowed at their workplaces, some stores will also re-open, but those located in the street and not in shopping centers.
Netanyahu also promised to lift the ban on prayer in open spaces, although the number of worshipers in one place should not exceed ten and said citizens will be allowed to exercise outdoors in groups of no more than two people, providing they live in the same residence.
Additionally, the prime minister pledged to re-open special education schools and allow for kindergartens to operate with reduced class sizes.
Public transportation will also increase in frequency to allow citizens to travel to work, the prime minister said.
Netanyahu also addressed Muslims who are celebrating Ramadan to follow quarantine measures.
“Ramadan is coming, and just like on Passover we are asking you to celebrate with only your immediate household”.
Overall, 13,265 cases of COVID-19, including 164 deaths, have been registered in Israel, according to the Johns Hopkins University live-tracker. The Israeli Health Ministry confirmed that the number of people receiving intensive care treatment has fallen significantly, as has the number of people on ventilators.