Times of Israel: Israel on Sunday began to roll back some of the major restrictions imposed as part of its third lockdown in late December to curb the spread of COVID-19, now allowing commercial activity to resume as well as reopening additional schools and grades.

From Sunday, streetfront 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 enter gyms, sporting and culture events, hotels, and swimming pools. The full rules can be read here.

In addition, grades 5-6, and 11-12 will be permitted to resume in-person classes in low-infection cities or medium-infected ones with high rates of vaccination. Kindergartens and grades 1-4 have previously opened in cities designated as low-infection “green” and “yellow” in the government’s color-coding system for morbidity rates. Grades 7-10 around the country are expected to continue remote learning for at least another two weeks. CLICK on here to read more.

Large numbers of Israelis packed shopping malls, gyms and swimming pools on Sunday after the country began to roll back some of the major restrictions imposed as part of its third lockdown in late December to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Television reports showed throngs hit shopping centers to make use of their first opportunity to browse through stores for several weeks.

Though shoppers largely adhered to health guidelines, in some cases people were seen to crowd and fail to maintain social distancing.

From Sunday, streetfront shops, malls, markets, museums, and libraries are open to all Israelis.

Those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 were able to enter gyms, sporting and culture events, hotels, and swimming pools, although the “Green Pass” computer system repeatedly crashed, leading the Health Ministry to announce vaccination certificates could be used as proof until it was running properly. CLICK on here to read more.

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