The Ministry of Health and the Police announced on Friday the outline formulated by the government for holding demonstrations during the closure. According to the outline, approved by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, the demonstrators will be divided into groups of up to 20 people, will be required to demonstrate in the open air and will be required to wear a mask. The outline further states that the demonstrators "will maintain a reasonable distance between each group." According to the announcement, these rules apply from today at 14:00. Because the rules were not set as regulations but were made by administrative decision, they do not require government approval as regulations require. However, they can be appealed to the High Court.
The statement said that the purpose of the outline is to maintain the health of the protesters and the health of the entire public. In practice, the outline will limit the number of participants in the demonstration. The outline refers to this and states that "as a result, the size of the demonstration site may limit the number of groups that can enter to meet the distance outline and in view of this, the Israel Police will be organized accordingly to allow demonstrators to maintain these rules, including increasing the area designated for demonstration."
The outline further states that "in order to reduce the potential for infection in multi-participant demonstrations, the organizers of such demonstrations will be asked to appoint ushers from among the participants whose job it is to remind demonstrators of the said rules, and to help divide groups with reasonable distances between them."
The Movement for the Quality of Government stated that it "welcomes the outline of the demonstrations approved during the closure period. The right to protest and freedom of demonstration are fundamental rights in a democratic society that desires life. .
Bat Yam Mayor Zvika Brut, who was one of the mayors who petitioned the High Court on Tuesday demanding that the outline of the prayers be closed to the conditions of the demonstrations, said that he welcomes the outline. In the public space. The right to demonstrate is just as important as the right to pray. In both cases the public will be able to exercise its right but will have to adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health in an equal and identical manner. This decision will strengthen the public's confidence in the government's guidelines regarding the corona, because there will no longer be any discrimination between congregations. From now on there will be one law for everyone, "he said.