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Israel’s exit strategy: No flights or gatherings until September

Senior government officials estimate that Israel will begin to gradually reopen the economy after the Passover holiday, but some Health Ministry guidelines will remain in place for months.

Workplaces will reopen gradually, while taking precautions and ensuring social distancing rules are kept. Malls will remain closed during the first stage, as will cafes and restaurants. Gatherings will be forbidden until at least September.

Senior government officials told Yediot Aharonot that even after the malls reopen, their food courts will remain closed. Regular flights will only resume in September.

Hairdressers and cosmeticians may be allowed to resume work provided they wear protective gear, such as masks.

Education Ministry director-general Shmuel Abuab announced Tuesday the decision to implement a gradual return to school immediately after the Passover holiday, N12 reported.

The return to school will be based on shifts or intermittent learning. The options are for schools to have separate shifts in the morning and afternoons for different students, or for students to learn only three days a week, for about four hours a day.

The report states that returning to school will begin with special education students. Later, at-risk students and youth will also return, followed by kindergartens and then elementary schools.

The high school students who will take the matriculation exams in the special format set by the Education Ministry will return to school afterwards.