Health officials are concerned some ultra-Orthodox areas may need to be put under lockdown again if celebrations for Lag B’Omer lead to a renewed coronavirus outbreak, the Haaretz daily reports.
The newspaper quotes Health Ministry sources saying they’re closely following the infection rate in Haredi neighborhoods and cities in case restrictions need to be reimposed there.
One source says for areas at a heightened risk of a fresh outbreak, the ministry will provide help to local authorities, conduct outreach with community leaders and if needed declare them “restricted zones.”
Despite a ban on large gatherings and bonfires for Lag B’Omer, which began last night and ends this evening, some areas with large ultra-Orthodox populations saw violations of the emergency ordinances put in place for the holiday, such as in Jerusalem.
חלק מכוחות המשטרה עזבו את ההר.
המונים הצליחו לפרוץ למירון.
מהומה גדולה במקום.
מהומה גדולה במקום. pic.twitter.com/mnYroKtgGg
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Clashes break out at Mount Meron after a group of ultra-Orthodox youth trespassed Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s grave site, Channel 12 news reports.
Footage broadcast by the network shows police scuffling wih a number of young Haredi men.
The government put strict limitations on the number of people who could go to the site this year for Lag B’Omer due to concerns over the coronavirus.