Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch (Likud) warned that limiting the coronavirus restrictions may lead Israel to another lockdown.
In an interview with Kan Bet, Kisch said, "I am telling the Coronavirus Committee: You can ask questions and you can cancel the restrictions, but if we are under lockdown in another two weeks, the responsibility [for that] will belong to those who did not allow us to stop gatherings today."
According to him, "we have no statistics regarding how many people were infected where."
"The reason we closed the pools is that people gather waiting in line at the entrance, waiting in line for the bathrooms, waiting in line at the snack bar. Pools have a strong lobby and I applaud them for fighting. The reason pools in hotels were not closed is due to financial considerations."
Likud sources claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has given the green light to canceling the ban on opening swimming pools and gyms.
According to them, such a move means that the coalition can vote to exempt these places from the restrictions, without relying on the opposition to support them.
On Monday, the Coronavirus Committee will vote on whether to remove restrictions on gyms and swimming pools. The discussion began on Sunday, but quickly escalated, and it was adjourned.