New COVID Restrictions: Israelis Over Age Three Must Show Proof of Vaccine or Negative Test

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New COVID-19 related restrictions will come into effect Wednesday, with all children over the age of three being required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result before entering indoor spaces, except for malls and stores. 

In addition, stores and malls will be required to limit capacity to one person per seven meters squared. Additionally, a limit will be set on crowd sizes at large events. 

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Israel recorded 7,832 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, data published by the Health Ministry on Wednesday revealed, bringing the total number of active cases to 59,278. On Monday, Israel marked a six-month daily record in new cases, logging 8,646 new coronavirus cases.

581 Israelis are in serious condition with the virus, with 132 in serious condition. Of all the tests administered on Tuesday, 6.2 percent of them returned a positive result. 

5.8 million Israelis have received their first vaccine, 5.4 million Israelis received their second. 1.1 million Israelis received their third COVID shot. 

Children between the ages of 3 and 12 will be entitled to receive free rapid antigen swab tests. Those aged 12 and up who are not vaccinated will have to pay for their own tests. Around 220 testing stations will operate throughout the country to carry out these tests, and more will be added according to demand, the Health Ministry said (Click for all locations - in Hebrew). Results from the rapid antigen swab tests are available in 15 minutes, and a negative result grants a Green Pass valid for 24 hours.

The requirement to present proof of immunity will be applied in most sectors of the economy and public and private institutions, including swimming pools, gyms, academic institutions, all cultural and sporting events, conferences and exhibitions, museums, libraries, restaurants, and hotels. 

However, the Green Pass will not apply to summer school programs, so that parents will not have to test their children every day as a condition of participation.

Starting Wednesday, the number of participants at events will be limited to 1,000 people in enclosed spaces and 5,000 at outdoor events without assigned seating. At events in private homes, where proof of immunity won't be required, the attendance limit will be set at 50 in enclosed spaces and at 100 in open ones. There will be no limit on crowd sizes at events with assigned seating, but these events will also require proof of immunity.

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