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Bennett’s plan wins out: Economy to reopen

The government accepted Defense Minister Naftali Bennett’s proposal for the full reopening of the economy next week.

The fields of commerce, manufacturing and services will return to full activity subject to compliance with the rules and restrictions which will be set for after this Shabbat such as disinfection, social distancing, testing for fever, wearing masks and additional requirements to be formulated by the Ministry of Health.

The ministers decided that failure to comply with the guidelines would impose sanctions on business owners.

The decision was made during a meeting of the Cabinet with various health officials and experts to formulate an exit strategy for the coronavirus crisis.

Former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Knesset member from the right wing Yamina Party blessed the government’s decision to allow a return to full economic activity starting on Sunday with the words,

“Common sense prevailed. This is the correct decision for the State of Israel.”