Israel moves to lift almost all COVID restrictions next week

Starting June 1, all Israelis, regardless of vaccination status, will be able to enter all public amenities; indoor mask mandate to remain in place for time being; citizens advised to avoid traveling abroad to virus hotspots

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced Sunday evening that Israel will not extend most domestic COVID-19 restrictions past June 1 as coronavirus morbidity remains low throughout the country.

“Israel is returning to normalcy!” Edelstein said in a statement. “Less than six months ago, we have launched the vaccination campaign. With the help of the health system and the excellent mobilization on the part of the citizens of Israel, we have accomplished this.”

Edelstein said the decision, which will quash all indoor and outdoor caps on gatherings, came following rigorous consultations with Health Ministry officials.

In addition, all Israelis, regardless of their vaccination status, will be able to enter all public amenities. However, masks will remain mandatory indoors until further discussion on the matter. Limits on entry and exit from the country will also remain in place.

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