The “Green Pass” program only allows people who have been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 vaccine to enter certain public places.
Israel has announced plans to allow only people deemed immune to COVID-19 or who have recently tested negative to enter some public places, such as restaurants, gyms and synagogues, after the surge in coronavirus cases.
After rapid vaccination campaigns reduced the number of infections and deaths, the government lifted most of the coronavirus restrictions.
Relaxing restrictions include the cancellation of the “Green Pass” program, which only allows people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to enter certain public places.
However, some measures have been restored, including wearing protective masks indoors and stricter entry requirements for incoming passengers, as the more contagious coronavirus delta variant spreads rapidly.
In terms of further tightening measures, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said on Thursday that the green pass plan will be re-effective from July 29, pending government approval.
“(The Green Pass) will apply to cultural and sporting events, gyms, restaurants and restaurants, conferences, tourist attractions and chapels,” Bennett’s office said in a statement after his “coronavirus cabinet” meeting.
For events with more than 100 participants, only “persons 12 years and older who have been vaccinated, recovered, and tested negative” are allowed to enter the venue.
According to Bennett’s “soft suppression” policy, his government hopes that Israelis will learn to coexist with the virus-to minimize restrictions and avoid a fourth national blockade that may cause further damage to the economy.
In addition, Israel’s Coronavirus Task Force recommends expanding the list of so-called “red countries” to countries that restrict travel without special authorization.
The list now includes the United Kingdom, Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey, joining a group that already includes South Africa, India and Mexico.
Approximately 62% of Israel’s 9.3 million residents have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and more than 56% have also received the second dose.
However, Israel has been criticized for refusing to vaccinate the majority of Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank or the Gaza Strip blocked by Israel for 14 years.