From Times of Israel: New restrictions on public life came into effect midnight Tuesday, limiting access to large indoor events and instating a raft of new fines for those violating health rules, as Israel strives to contain a recent rise in coronavirus infections.

Under the new orders, the so-called Green Pass system, first used earlier this year, will be reinstated for indoor events attended by more than 100 people.

Access to such gatherings is now limited to those who are vaccinated or have recovered, or who present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. A rapid virus test can also be used if taken within the previous 24 hours. While gatherings aren’t limited in size, face masks are mandatory, except when eating or drinking.

Venues are required to have a dedicated coronavirus monitor who ensures that the rules are being followed and are required to post signs that they are operating under Green Pass rules, or face a NIS 3,000 fine ($911).

Locations that have both indoor and open-air areas are considered indoor sites under the rules.

Attendees who violate the rules will be fined NIS 1,000 ($303) while venue operators can face a NIS 10,000 fine for not checking that participants have the proper permits for entry.

Police and inspectors from local authorities will check up on venues hosting events that fall under the rules to make sure they are complying.

Aside from the indoor event rules, all businesses — including stores — are prohibited from granting entry to anyone not wearing a face mask. Violators will be fined NIS 1,000.

There is already a NIS 500 fine in place for those who enter public indoor spaces not wearing a face mask.

Under the auspices of the Public Security Ministry, police will work with inspectors from the Union of Local Authorities in Israel umbrella group to enforce the rules.

The Jerusalem municipality said Tuesday that starting next week its inspectors will begin actively enforcing the indoor mask rule as ordered by health officials.

“Although the number of patients in Jerusalem is low, in order to keep the number low and keep Jerusalem green, we must all follow the guidelines and make sure to wear a mask,” Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said in a statement, referencing the Health Ministry’s color-coding system for infected areas, with green being the least infected.

“At this point in time we must act responsibly and obey the guidelines,” Lion said.

The municipality said that until next Monday it will focus efforts on informing and warning the public to adhere to the rules, and then begin full enforcement.

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