Full Closure on 17 Coronavirus-hit Jerusalem Neighborhoods Goes Into Effect

To stave off spread of coronavirus, Israeli government approves extending the curfew, already in place due to the Passover holiday that began last week, until Wednesday morning

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Nir Hasson
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Men pray on a Jerusalem balcony, April 12, 2020
Men pray on a Jerusalem balcony, April 12, 2020Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Josh Breiner
Nir Hasson

Multiple Jerusalem neighborhoods with high rates of coronavirus infection have gone under full closure Sunday after the government declared them restricted areas.  

The government approved extending the curfew, already in place due to the Passover holiday that began last week, until Wednesday morning under emergency regulations and at the recommendation of the Health Ministry. The curfew extension went into effect on Sunday at noon.

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The Jerusalem Municipality said that it is preparing to thoroughly limit traffic in and out of the city in order to give its residents as normal a routine as possible. "The Jerusalem Municipality and the police are calling on the public to follow the guidelines of the Health Ministry – not doing so disrupts the national effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak in Israel."  

Residents can only leave their neighborhood for work, essential medical care, the funeral of a first-degree family member, the transfer of a minor between divorced parents, legal proceedings and any other essential reasons that have been the subject of prior approval.

Police are responsible for enforcing the closure, and are putting up hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints at the neighborhoods' entrances and exits. Over a thousand officers, 200 IDF soldiers and drones will patrol, a statement from the Jerusalem Municipality said.

Members of the Israeli police man a checkpoint on a highway leading to Jerusalem near the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, on April 9, 2020.
Members of the Israeli police man a checkpoint on a highway leading to Jerusalem near the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, on April 9, 2020.Credit: Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP

A Jerusalem Police official said that at this point, those who need to leave their neighborhood for work or special circumstances do not need a special permit however, all others do.

The neighborhoods placed under curfew are Ramot, Ramat Shlomo, Neveh Ya'akov, Har Nof, Givat Shaul, Kiryat Moshe, Rehavia, Nahlaot, Mekor Baruch, Romema, Ezrat Torah, Geulah, Me'ah She'arim, Beit Yisrael, Musrara, Bayit Vagan and Givat Mordechai.