Report: Mask mandate to remain in force in schools

Israel's coronavirus directorate decides to back plan to end mask mandate - except for schoolchildren.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Back to school, with masks
Back to school, with masks

Israel is poised to end its indoor mask mandate next week, but schoolchildren may still be required to wear face coverings, according to a report by Israel Hayom Monday.

On Sunday, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said his ministry is recommending the government end the requirement to wear face masks indoors starting June 15th.

“After deliberations we held with [Health Ministry Director General] Hezy Levy and other experts, we reached the conclusion that if there is no worsening in the indicators, on the 15th of June we will ask to end the requirement to wear masks,” said Edelstein.

Israel Hayom reported that Israel’s coronavirus directorate, Magen Yisrael, decided Sunday to back the plan to end the mask mandate.

However, Magen Yisrael excluded schools from the plan, and will push to leave the mask mandate in place in schools for the time being.

The decision to continue to require masks for schoolchildren was made based on the fact that most schoolchildren, and all children under the age of 16, are unvaccinated, though a vaccination campaign for kids ages 12-16 being launched Sunday.