Israel’s Coronavirus Cabinet decided on Monday to lift certain restrictions on the public, as part of a gradual reopening of the economy following weeks of full and partial lockdowns.

The Cabinet ruled that students in the fifth and sixth grades will return to school on Nov. 24, and those in grades 11 and 12 on Dec. 1, reported Ynet.

According to the report, ministers also revealed a pilot program to reopen large stores and one shopping mall in areas with low COVID-19 infection rates with others to follow if morbidity does not increase.

In addition, hotels in Eilat and the Dead Sea area will reopen under certain health conditions.

“Now we stand at around 650 new cases daily,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet. “Once it starts rising, we will start to close [down] again.”

Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision

One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.

JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.

Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.