Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

Event: COVID-19 – New Israeli COVID-19 Restrictions Effective Today

The Government of Israel announced the following new COVID-related restrictions, scheduled to take effect at 5:00 p.m. today (Friday, July 17, 2020).

General restrictions (seven days a week, effective at 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, July 17):

  • Closure of gyms and studios for exercise or dance, except for use by competitive athletes, as defined in the order.
  • Restaurants and eateries – takeaway and delivery only, no on-site seating.
  • Restaurants and eateries in hotels – The number of people present will be limited to 35% of the maximum number allowed in order to permit the continued operation of the hotel.

Weekend restrictions (to take effect from 5:00 p.m. on Fridays until 5:00 a.m. on Sunday):

  • There will be no restriction on leaving one’s home.
  • During the weekend, being on beaches shall be prohibited (except for this weekend, July 17-18, when beaches shall remain open).
  • During the weekend, stores, malls, open-air markets, hair salons/barbershops, beauty parlors, libraries, petting zoos, museums and display spaces, pools, tourist attractions, and cable cars shall be closed.

Please note: This restriction shall not apply to stores providing essential services: Places for the sale of food, pharmacies and stores most business of which is the sale of hygiene products, opticians and labs for the repair of communications devices.

This restriction shall not apply to swimming pools at hotels that are designated for hotel guests only in order to allow hotels to provide the main ancillary services to their guests, during weekends as well).

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