Israel will enter a three-week nationwide lockdown starting on Friday to contain the spread of the coronavirus after a second- wave surge of new cases, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Schools and shopping malls will be closed but supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.
“I know those measures will exact a heavy price on us all,” Netanyahu said in a televised address. “This is not the kind of holiday we are used to. And we certainly won’t be able to celebrate with our extended families.”
During the lockdown, Israelis will have to stay within 500 meters of their homes but can travel to workplaces that will be allowed to operate on a limited basis.