Israel's COVID Plan for Passover, Ramadan and Easter Would Let Thousands Celebrate Together

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Making dishes kosher for Pesach in Netivot on Tuesday.
Making dishes kosher for Pesach in Netivot on Tuesday.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Guidelines published Wednesday by the Health Ministry would let up to 5,000 people celebrate the coming religious and national holidays, as Israel relaxes more coronavirus regulations in keeping with its "green pass" scheme for vaccinated people. 

According to the guidelines, Passover, Ramadan and Easter holiday meals must be limited to 20 people indoors 50 outdoors.

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Prayer services must be held subject to restrictions on gatherings, or only attended by green pass holders, meaning those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus. In the latter case, gatherings are permitted to be larger both indoors and outdoors.

Ceremonies and municipal events on Yom Hashoah – Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day are also subject to eithe restrictions on gatherings or limiting attendance to those with the green pass. In the second case there are two possibilities:

1. An event with high probability of exposure to infection, meaning an event where food is served without seating, can be attended by 300 people indoors and 500 in an open space.

2. An event with a low probability of exposure to infection, meaning that no food is served or seating is available, may be attended by 5,000 people at the most, depending on the size of the venue and whether it is in an open space.

The national Memorial Day ceremony may be attended by up to 200 green pass holders, the Yad LeBanim ceremony in Jerusalem will be held outdoors and may be attended by up to 400 green pass holders, and the Western Wall ceremony will host a maximum of 500 green pass holders. Visits to cemeteries will be unrestricted.

Services will be held at the Western Wall next week, including at the indoor synagogue which will be attended by up to 50 green pass holders. Only a limited number of people will be permitted to gather in the outdoor plaza.

Mimouna celebrations in private homes will be subject to restrictions on gatherings. During Ramadan and Easter, prayers may be held at churches and mosques in accordance with either restrictions on gatherings or may only be attended by green pass holders.

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