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Netanyahu announces new restrictions in Israel due to coronavirus: all leisure activities halted

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement on Saturday night as the number of active coronavirus cases rose to 200.

Among the new restrictions he announced in a nationally televised address is a ban on gatherings of over 10 people in the same place.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement on Saturday night as the number of active coronavirus cases rose to 200.

Among the new restrictions he announced in a nationally televised address is a ban on gatherings of over 10 people in the same place.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the closure of all cultural and leisure activities, ranging from theaters to malls to restaurants starting on Sunday morning, part of the country’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Netanyahu made the announcement on Saturday night as the number of active coronavirus cases rose to 200.

Among the new restrictions he announced in a nationally televised address is a ban on gatherings of over 10 people in the same place.

He also called for employers to allow as many employees as possible to work from home and said that workers should sit at least 2 meters apart.

He added that banks and gas stations would remain open and there would be no shortage of medicines or food, as Israelis lined up outside of supermarkets.

All schools are closed as well as day care, kindergartens and special education centers.

The Health Ministry said gyms, pools, water and amusement parks, zoos and petting zoos, bathhouses and ritual baths for men, beauty and massage salons, event and conference venues, public boats and cable cars, and heritage sites would have to close as well.

It highlighted that the ban against congregating in groups larger than 10 extended to gatherings for religious activities — the minimum number of men for an Orthodox prayer quorum, or “minyan,” is 10 — and mandated that people participating in such activities maintain a distance of at least two meters from one another.

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