This Passover (Pesach) will be a completely different one than all Passovers before in the State of Israel thanks tothe coronavirus crisis.
Israel is still the safest place in the world when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak with 71 deaths and 9.404 confirmed COVID-19 cases, but the government isn’t sure that will remain the situation and declared a nationwide lockdown for the first days of the holiday.
Israelis will now not be able to travel to places outside their hometowns and are required to stay inside their housesuntil at least Friday morning.
The measure came after a spike in new cases caused by certain ultra-Orthodox communities that didn’t adhere to government restrictions on public gatherings and protective measures such as a distance of two meters between people and the wearing masks and disposable gloves.
Some of these communities are now placed under curfew and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) together with the Police are enforcing the measure, while providing aid to the residents of these communities.
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