Published May 24, 2021 12:01 PM IST
On Sunday, May 23, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced that nearly all remaining coronavirus restrictions will be lifted on Tuesday, June 1. It should be noted, however, that this announcement relates only to internal restrictions in Israel. For instance, Green Pass and Purple Badge rules will be scrapped. Furthermore, there will no longer be any restrictions on numbers of people in indoor gatherings. Masks, as of now, will remain mandatory indoors, but will be reassessed in the next few weeks.
At the same time, countless media reports over recent weeks had trumpeted that ‘the skies would be opened to tourists on May 23’. This much ballyhooed date has come and gone with no significant changes in the ban on foreigners entering Israel. A tiny number of tour groups has been granted permission to enter the country. The numbers of permitted groups may increase in coming days, However, the overall ban remains in place for now. Furthermore, Chaim V’Chessed has learned that, as part of the effort to keep foreign variants out of the country, it is possible that the ban on foreign entry may even be tightened.