From Times of Israel: The Knesset on Wednesday approved the reopening of zoos, restaurants, large outdoor strip malls and other attractions inside the so-called “tourist islands” in Eilat and the Dead Sea.

The approval came during a Constitution, Law and Justice Committee debate on the latest easing of restrictions approved by the cabinet.

The panel’s chairman, Shas MK Yaakov Asher, also said he hoped ministers would approve an amendment to expand the cap on in-store shoppers around the country to beyond four customers, which they green lighted hours later. He said health officials were weighing a compromise that would raise the restriction for stores depending on their size.

The session was held hours after legislation to designate the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and hotels in the Ein Bokek area of the southern Dead Sea as “special tourist islands” went into effect.

Tourist entry to those areas will be allowed for those who underwent a coronavirus test during the preceding 72 hours and got a negative result. Residents of Eilat who wish to enter or reenter the city will have to present a test result from the preceding week or undergo a free, quick test at a facility that will be set up at the entrance to the city. CLICK on here to read more.

The Interior Ministry agreed Wednesday to ease coronavirus restrictions and allow entry into the country for first-degree relatives of new immigrants who have come to Israel within the last four years.

The measure, a joint proposal by Yesh Atid MK Yorai Lahav Hertzanu and Likud MK David Bitan, is set to be introduced in four weeks. CLICK on here to read more.

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