TIMES OF ISRAEL
Israel set to open stores, gyms and culture Sunday in major move toward normalcy
February 15, 2021
The coronavirus cabinet has agreed on an arrangement that will see stores, gyms, hotels, sporting events and culture institutions reopen on Sunday, February 21, widespread reports indicate, based on leaks from the meeting. The decision appears to constitute a compromise between health officials’ desire to wait for Tuesday, February 23, and Blue and White’s demand to start reopening this week. Street-front shops, malls, markets, museums and libraries will be open to all. But only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus will be able to use gyms, enter sporting and culture events, hotels and swimming pools. READ MORE
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