Courtesy of JNS 

Israeli police officers guarding the entrance to a neighborhood in Ashdod, closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on July 2, 2020. 


(JNS) Nightly curfews will go into effect in 40 “red” cities and towns across Israel on September 8th, amid a raft of other regulations aimed at halting the rise in new COVID-19 cases in the country.

The list of “red” cities, so named due to their high coronavirus morbidity rates, includes the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak and the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm.

The regulations are set to go into effect on September 8th at 7 p.m., and the curfews will last from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day for the next seven days.

The final list was approved on September 8th by the Ministerial Committee on Declaring Restricted Zones and released to the press, after days of indecision within the coronavirus Cabinet over the extent of the measures and the areas that would be affected by them.

In addition to having to abide by the curfew—during which residents of the above areas will not be permitted to stray more than  500 meters (approximately 1600 feet) from their homes other than to purchase food and medical supplies—businesses will operate daily only until 7 p.m., and all schools, with the exception of kindergartens and special-education institutions, will be closed.

According to Israeli Health Ministry data, 3,425 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on September 8th, bringing the total number since the onset of the pandemic to 135,288. Of 27,962 active cases, 467 were categorized as “serious,” with 134 patients on ventilators and a national death toll of 1,031.

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