Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
Event: COVID-19 Additional Movement Restrictions and the Use of Protective Masks
On April 7, the Israeli government announced new movement restrictions to take effect from April 7, at 7:00 p.m. until April 10, at 6:00 a.m. To learn more about the restrictions, visit the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) website. In addition, the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) released guidance requiring individual use of a protective mask that covers the nose and mouth in public to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The guidance includes the following recommendations, which U.S. Embassy personnel and their family members are instructed to follow:
- Wearing a mask in public spaces and workspaces is required. There is no need to wear a mask at home.
- The recommended mask types are surgical, nonmedical oral-nasal, or multi-layered cloth. N95 masks or equivalent masks are not required and should only be used when treating severely ill patients in hospitals.
- Homemade masks are recommended to be made using a dense-layer, non-stretch cotton fabric. High thread-count fabric such as a bedsheet or triple-plaited satin is recommended. For instructions on how to make a homemade face covering, see Israeli MOH guidance and/or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) instructional
- It is important that the mask fits securely over the nose and mouth.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for U.S. citizens to receive Alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
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