From Times of Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a gym in central Israel on Saturday night to urge Israelis to use a new “Green Pass” system as the country starts to roll back some of the major restrictions imposed in late December as part of a third lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

His plea came even as the Health Ministry website (Hebrew link) that issues the passes crashed hours before the system was to go into operation. By late Saturday night it was still not working.

The Health Ministry said vaccination certificates could be used as a “Green Pass” until the system was running properly.

“There are heavy loads on the service issuing the Green Pass, and therefore there may be difficulties,” the ministry said. “At the same time, most applications have been completed successfully and tens of thousands of people have already have their Green Pass.”

From Sunday, street-front shops, malls, markets, museums, and libraries will be open to all Israelis. But only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be able to use gyms, enter sporting and culture events, hotels, and swimming pools. CLICK on here to read more.

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