The Israeli government voted Sunday evening to impose a full nationwide lockdown, despite criticism from both inside and outside of the government.
The lockdown will being at 2:00 p.m. this Friday, and will last for three weeks.
The original proposal by the Health Ministry had called for two weeks of full lockdown, followed by a partial lockdown for two additional weeks.
During the three-week lockdown, Israelis will be required to remain within 500 meters of their homes, except when leaving for essential needs, including food and medicine purchases.
Schools, which were originally planned to close this Wednesday, will close on Friday, and remain closed for the duration of the lockdown.
Hotels will be required to close during the lockdown.
Three ministers, including Economy Minister Amir Peretz (Labor), Higher Education and Water Resources Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), and Tourism Minister Asaf Zamir (Blue and White) voted against the lockdown plan. Ministers Itzik Shmuli (Labor) and Ofir Akunis (Likud) abstained.
Earlier on Sunday, Construction and Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) resigned from the government in protest of the planned lockdown.
It’s only for 2 weeks.
It’s only 2 meters apart.
It’s only for another 2 weeks.
It’s only a mask.
It’s to save lives.
It’s only another 2 weeks.
It’s only a vaccine.
It’s only a chip.
It’s only your human rights.
It’s not a big deal.
It’ll only be for the 99%
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Source: Arutz Sheva