On Friday, we reported on the new policy governing entry to Israel from Green countries. Israelis and foreigners holding entry permits arriving from Green countries are now allowed to enter Israel without any quarantine requirement.
There was uncertainty whether the quarantine exemption would apply to students, as well. Health Ministry official have now decided that students arriving from Green countries will, in fact, be exempt from quarantine.
However, not only will these students be exempt from quarantine, they will be prevented from entering the quarantine facility of their fellow students who arrive from Red countries. The students from Red countries are considered potentially exposed to Covid-19, and as such, the students from Green countries must be kept totally away from them.
This has thrown the plans of numerous institutions into disarray. Due to the onerous quarantine requirements, many schools have already specially leased campuses or buildings to house their entire student body during the quarantine period. They will now be forced to make alternate plans, as arrivees from Green countries will not be permitted to join the other students at those locations.
Some institutions are now considering delaying the arrival of their students from Green countries until the other students complete their quarantine.