The Israeli government implemented new emergency regulations on March 19, 2020. We are now essentially in a state of national quarantine. The following are the most recent instructions published by the Ministry of Health, as of March 19, 2020.
There is no leaving the house other than for the following essentials: Food, medication, medical treatment, donating blood, exercise (less than 5 people), a short stroll alone or with members of your immediate family (who share a household), religious ceremonies, assistance to elders and those in need and work (only for the professions approved by the Finance Ministry).
When out of the house 2 meter distance must be kept from others (other than from those who share a household).
Up to 2 people can share a car ride (not including those who share a household), this does not apply to those who work in essential professions who are travelling to work.
Best to shop online for all your groceries and essential items. Deliveries of your orders will be placed outside your door.
These temporary regulations will be in effect until April 20th, 2020 and may be extended if necessary.
Many Rabbis have concurred and advise against creating Minyanim throughout the day, unless they take place outside in a place that the 2 meters distance between participants can take place.
It is strongly recommended to avoid public transportation.
All education institutes, including special education, for all ages are closed until further notice, including special education.
It is preferable to work from home, although every business will make guidelines for their employees while keeping to distancing employees 2 meters apart and providing them with all needs that will help keep personal hygiene and prevent contact with others.
The entertainment and leisure establishments are closed until further notice, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, bars, restaurants.
Restaurants and cafes are closed for sit-down dining. However, many offer home delivery or take away options.
There is no need to stock up on essential items. The government assured the public there are full warehouses and constant imports in addition to local manufacturing.
The government has established penalties for violating quarantine .
POLICE HAVE BEEN granted authority to enforce quarantine violations.
Thanks to Nefesh B’Nefesh for providing information for this article.