Corona Cabinet approved an outline in which 15 malls will open Friday for a pilot of a week


by Ifi Reporter Category:Financial Nov 26, 2020

The Corona Cabinet approved by telephone the outline formulated by the Ministry of Justice for the pilot for the opening of the malls, which is expected to begin tomorrow, Friday. The layout has created legal difficulties, because it initially includes the opening of only 15 malls, and therefore harms the value of equality. To solve the difficulty, the ministry proposed a combined solution, according to which six large malls across the country would be selected by the Malls Association, and another nine would be selected by lottery.
Six malls from the two major groups that will be opened are the ones that participated in the malls revolt. From the Ofer malls, the Kirion and the Petah Tikva and Beer Sheva malls will open, and from the Azrieli Group, the Haifa Mall, the Ayalon Mall in Ramat Gan and the Malcha Mall in Jerusalem will open. In addition to them, nine malls with at least 20 stores will be opened: three in the north, three in the Tel Aviv and Central area, and three more in Jerusalem and the south. These malls will be selected in a lottery conducted by the Ministries of Finance and Economy. An invitation to the lottery and the regulations will be published on the website of the Ministry of Economy.
The pilot is expected to begin on Friday, but registration for the raffle will end today at midnight, just hours before the malls open. The malls insisted on opening as early as possible so as not to miss the Black Friday sales that will take place this coming Friday.
Rules have been set in which the malls will be required to stand during the pilot period. The mall operators must appoint ushers whose job it is to wake people up and inform them about regulations, as well as to keep a record of violations for control purposes. In addition, they will be required to keep a computerized record of the number of visitors to the mall, without identifying details, for regulatory purposes. Activists should also prevent gatherings, and inform employees and store owners and instruct them on guidelines.
The permissible occupancy in the malls will be in the ratio of one person to seven square meters at most. Even within the stores, the permissible occupancy will be in the ratio of one person to seven square meters, when the total number of people does not exceed ten. Essential stores will continue to operate at the currently allowed occupancy. The fine set for exceeding the occupancy allowed by the owner or operator of the mall will be NIS 5,000, instead of NIS 2,500 as applies to other businesses.
The malls pilot is expected to continue until December 6, and depending on its results and morbidity it will be decided whether to continue opening. According to the Ministry of Health, the success of the pilot will be measured using several criteria, and they are: at least 90% compliance with the maximum allowable occupancy in the mall and stores according to the outline; Up to 2.5% violations by non-masked visitors; No violations by employees in the mall and in non-masked stores and no significant crowds at the entrances to the mall and stores.
The markets are also expected to open tomorrow. Unlike malls, however, they will not open in a pilot outline, but in a sweeping manner, according to the most stringent guidelines. Because the markets are open, the health danger of opening them is smaller, and it was decided to open them at once, without operating a limited number of markets as a pilot.
According to the outline of the markets, ushers will be appointed at the entrance to the place for the purpose of regulating the occupants, supervising the observance of the guidelines and making a record of violations of the regulations. The permissible occupancy in the markets will be the same as in the malls, with a ratio of one person per seven square meters. Person-to-person queues In addition, market operators must notify through the public address system, at least once every half hour, the obligation to maintain distance and avoid crowds.
According to the outline, all eating in the market area will be banned, as well as sitting for eating or placing tables and chairs for eating. Market operators must prevent access to floor-mounted dining tables, if any, in their area. Events or performances in the market area are also prohibited. The operators were also instructed to separate the entrances and exits of the market, as well as to place signs regarding the number of residents allowed in the place.
Seven museums will also be opened to the general public, including Madatech, the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Eretz Israel Museum. Three more museums will be selected through a lottery to be held by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Two of the selected museums will have to be in the Haifa, North or South districts. An invitation to the lottery will be published on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

According to the outline for the opening of the museums, visitors will arrive by prior reservation only. In addition, the operator of the museum will establish a mechanism for regulating the entry of people into the place, except for the employees of the place, so that at all times there will not be people in the number exceeding the maximum allowable occupancy in accordance with regulations. According to the rules, guided tours will be limited to ten people, by prior arrangement.
In addition, museums must strive for visitor traffic in one direction, and they will be required to place a bouncer next to each active exhibit, who will oversee the observance of the guidelines and disinfect the exhibit after each user. The fine for museum owners for violating the guidelines will be NIS 5,000.
The Corona Cabinet has also decided on new regulations pertaining to athletes that will apply until December 9th. According to the regulations, the definition of a competitive athlete will be amended so that it will not be restricted to athletes under the age of 18 only in non-swimming and water sports. Also, the existing permit to operate a public and business place that serves as a training place for a competitive athlete will apply to minors or adults in the swimming and water industries.
It was also decided that it would be possible to operate a public and business place used for competitive athlete training, which is located in an open area - also for adult competitive athletes.



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