Weekend lockdowns to be imposed starting next week

Netanyahu to work with Constitution Committee chair to speed passage of law permitting weekend lockdowns, beginning next week.

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Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Lockdown imposed in Ramle
Lockdown imposed in Ramle
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A new government plan to impose nationwide lockdowns every weekend will only be put into place starting next week, not this coming weekend.

Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that the ministerial forum headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had endorsed a plan to impose new restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus, including nationwide lockdowns imposed every weekend.

Contrary to initial reports, however, the first weekend lockdown will not be imposed until next week at the earliest.

The government is set to meet at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to deliberate on the proposed restrictions, which include the closure of on-site dining at restaurants – with takeout and delivery services allowed to remain open – and the closing of public pools, beaches, gyms, and summer school programs.

The Education Ministry has opposed the plan to close summer school programs, noting that just 895 students out a total of more than 700,000 were found to be infected.

In addition, synagogue services will be limited to 10 people at any given time, while outdoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people.

But the weekend lockdowns, which would bar leaving one’s house from Friday morning until Sunday morning except for “essential needs” including groceries and medication, will not be imposed without passage of new legislation in the Knesset.

Netanyahu spoke with MK Yaakov Asher (United Torah Judaism), who heads the Knesset’s Constitution Committee, in a bid to speed passage of a bill empowering the government to impose nationwide lockdowns every weekend.