IDF tightens coronavirus restrictions, limits soldiers' leave

Under new regulations, IDF meetings to be limited to 10 participants, soldiers on leave must remain at home.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

IDF soldier wearing a mask
IDF soldier wearing a mask
IDF spokesperson

In light of the rise in coronavirus infections, the IDF has imposed restrictions on its soldiers, in an attempt to prevent disruptions to regular operations and training.

In addition to strictly adhering to hygiene rules the IDF is also careful to keep to the "2:10:30:50" rule, where two meters of space separate each person, meetings are limited to 10 people, indoor events are limited to 30 people, and outdoor events are limited to 50 people.

All of those serving in closed units, who are involved in operations, training, or practice, will receive leave every 21 days, from Thursday to Sunday only. Exceptions will need to be approved ahead of time, by the chief of operations or the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Soldiers on leave will return to their homes and remain there. Social gatherings on leave will be limited to first-degree relatives or meetings of up to ten people.

The "capsules" will be limited as much as possible, and soldiers will return to their department capsules for five days before rejoining the company capsule. Events will be held only within capsules.

Travel by train will be allowed only from Monday to Wednesday. On Sundays, soldiers will not be permitted to board buses at a city's Central Bus Station before noon, and on Thursdays they will not be permitted to board after noon.

Masks are required to be worn at every IDF meeting, throughout the meeting, regardless of the number of participants. The number of worshipers in IDF synagogues will be limited to 19.

Volunteer activities will continue in the various units, and volunteers will be required to isolate themselves from the unit's soldiers. Volunteers will be questioned, required to wear masks, and will adhere strictly to personal hygiene guidelines and keep a two-meter distance between themselves and others.

Enlistment will continue as usual, in accordance with Health Ministry requirements, and without civilians.

Farewell parties and other events will be postponed until further notice. Ceremonies marking the receipt of various ranks will be limited to three soldiers per ceremony, and handover ceremonies will be limited to twenty participants. Swearing-in ceremonies will be held without an audience, in accordance with the capsule method and in open areas only.

Commander handover ceremonies in closed units will be held according to the capsule method, with the entire unit and only immediate family present. At all ceremonies, masks must be worn, social distancing measures must be adhered to, and there will be separations between soldiers and civilians.