Israel drops compulsion of indoor mask requirement

Tel Aviv: Israel’s Ministry of Health announced that the mandate to enforce wearing of face masks indoors will be lifted from Tuesday onwards.

On June 6, then-Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that if there was no unexpected increase in the number of infections, the mandate would be lifted on June 15, reports Xinhua news agency.

In a statement, the Ministry said its Director-General Hezi Levi had signed the change in the rules cancelling the obligation to wear a mask from Tuesday.

The change will not apply to welfare, prolonged hospitalization and elderly institutions, regarding non-vaccinated or non-recovered people.

Also, people who are on their way to start quarantine, and flight passengers will still have to wear the mask.

Israel had already lifted the obligation to wear a face mask outdoors since April 18, following the decline in Covid cases in the country.

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