Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

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.

In addition to the Israeli MOH website, please check the CDC and World Health Organization websites for the most up-to-date information on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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