Decision pending coronavirus cabinet vote on Thursday ahead of Jerusalem Marathon event; Bennett also begins review the decision by FDA experts to approve vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 aiming for an expedited process and vaccine roll out by mid Novermber
The Jerusalem Marathon in full attendance in 2019 (Photo: Flash 90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz decided late on Wednesday to scrap some restrictions on outdoor gatherings pending approval of the coronavirus cabinet.
As of Friday, events held outdoors, will no longer be limited to no more than 5,000 participants but will be held under Green Pass regulations, requiring proof of vaccination or of negative tests for COVID-19.
The decision will be brought to the approval of members of the coronavirus cabinet in a telephone vote.
The expedited move was promoted by Minister of culture Hili Trooper with the aim of allowing free participation in a marathon scheduled for Friday in Jerusalem and was approved by health experts after a consistent drip in the number of daily infections.
Bennett’s decision comes days after the cabinet decided to allow vaccinated tourists to enter the country, as of November 1, if their vaccines are recognized by the World Health Organization, and to allow tourists vaccinated by the Russian made Sputnik V shots as of November 15.
The Prime Minister also began a review of the decision by FDA medical experts in favor of vaccination of children aged 5 to 11. Israel hopes for an expedited process of approval of the vaccines expected to be rolled out in the latter part of November, pending approval of health officials.
Deliberations are expected to be held in full view of the public, that will be able to pose questions for health experts – in the hopes that concerns over adverse effects of vaccines would be addressed and that parents will opt to vaccinate their children and prevent illness.