In Reversal, Israel to Keep Restaurants Open

JERUSALEM—An Israeli parliamentary committee has overturned a government decision and allowed restaurants to remain open despite new restrictive measures to try and quell the spread of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus oversight committee voted Tuesday to keep restaurants open as long as they maintain proper guidelines and appropriate social distancing between patrons. It marked the back-and-forth battle after the government ordered restaurants closed just a few days earlier and then postponed implementation after public pressure.

The government announced its restrictions after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “interim steps” were needed to avoid another general lockdown. Netanyahu has faced widespread criticism and protests in recent days over his governments handling of the pandemic and the economic fallout from an earlier lockdown.

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A paramedic with Israels Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) national emergency medical service, swabs a boy for COVID-19, at a drive-thru testing site in the Israeli city of Lod on July 15, 2020. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP via Getty Images)
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Men stand clad in masks (due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem on July 16, 2020. (Menahem Read More – Source