Government: No gathering in public space including demonstrations - lock down extended by 4 dayas

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Sep 30, 2020

Cabinet ministers confirmed tonight in regulations that it would be forbidden to enter another person’s place of residence including accommodation inside a sukkah during the full closure. The government has imposed a fine of NIS 500 on those who violate this provision.
At the same time, government ministers approved in a telephone poll the extension of regulations restricting stay in public space and restricting activity by 14 days. Thus, the regulations that were supposed to expire tomorrow will be extended until October 14 - three days longer than stipulated in the government decision on the general closure. Ministers Assaf Zamir, Yizhar Shai and Orit Farkash-Hacohen from White Brush voted against.
The ministers were told before the approval in the telephone poll that "in view of the morbidity situation and the number of serious patients, which is increasing daily, it is necessary to continue to take significant steps to reduce the morbidity data to a period of at least two weeks."
The ministers also approved as an interim order for seven days the regulation according to which an exit restriction will apply for participation in a demonstration up to the permitted distance from the house (1,000 meters), similar to any other exit from the residence, including an exit for prayer or a religious ceremony.
In addition, it was determined that there will be no gathering in the public space, including a demonstration, prayer or religious ceremony in which the following: the number of participants exceeds the allowable (20 people), and no distance of two meters is maintained between the participants.
This gathering is subject to the authority of a police officer to order the dispersal of the gathering or to maintain a distance of two meters between the participants and to the extent that a person refuses this instruction, to impose a fine for this violation or to use reasonable force in the circumstances to disperse the gathering.
Hundreds of people took advantage of the hours leading up to the enactment of the law restricting demonstrations during the full closure, and protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu near his residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. About 300 protesters blocked the junction between Sderot Chen and Malkei Israel Street in Tel Aviv, and then continued their march towards Dizengoff Square in the city.
Police and protesters in Tel Aviv announced that it is illegal protest and bordered the area. Clashes broke out between protesters and police during which two of the protesters were arrested. Near the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, about 200 people blocked one of the streets, and police warned them that they would be fined.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health updated last night that the number of corona patients in critical condition rose to 834 - a new record since the outbreak of the plague. The data also show that the number of patients in need of respiratory support is 211.
Between midnight and Tuesday, another 22 Israelis died from the complications of the disease, and the total number of deaths now stands at 1,569. The number of people diagnosed with the virus in the past day currently stands at 7,040 people in more than 52,000 tests. Thus, the positive rate in the tests stands at 13.5%.
To date, 245,494 Israelis have been found verified in Corona, of whom 174,506 have recovered. According to the Ministry of Health, 1,563 people infected with the virus are hospitalized, and the rest are treated in their homes or in Corona hotels.
At a meeting of the Corona Cabinet last night, a sharp confrontation developed that even escalated into shouts between Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ganz. Netanyahu demanded that the closure be tightened and that the distance from the house, which currently stands at one kilometer, be further reduced. "This time the exit from the quarantine will be slow and gradual and can also last six months to a year," Netanyahu said. "We will not repeat the rapid exit from the first wave."
Transport Minister Miri Regev, who participated in the Corona cabinet discussions for the first time, said that "there is a feeling that there is no closure," and suggested lowering the distance from home to 100 to 200 meters. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz also proposed limiting the exit from the house to only 200 meters.
Ganz attacked: "We are driving the public crazy, let's stay with a thousand meters and that's it. Let's face it" - and in response Netanyahu burst out: "You will not tell us that we are driving the public crazy. We work according to data, not according to feelings."

 

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