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Israel Cancels Mandatory Indoor Masks

© AFP 2021 / EMMANUEL DUNANDA woman walks past an open shoe store in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on February 7, 2021, following the lifting of a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A woman walks past an open shoe store in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on February 7, 2021, following the lifting of a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.06.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israeli Health Ministry on Tuesday said that it is cancelling the requirement to wear masks indoors as a preventative measure against the coronavirus.

"The Ministry of Health's Director-General, Prof. Chezy Levy, has signed an amendment to the People's Health Decree that drops the masking requirement effective Tuesday, 15/06/2021," the statement read.

In this file photo taken on 11 March 2021 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Hungarian and Czech counterparts in Jerusalem - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.06.2021
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The measure, however, does not apply to those who are obliged to quarantine, employees and patients of geriatric facilities, as well as plane passengers and flight crews. Doctors will receive special guidelines to determine the need for masks depending on the type of patient.

Israel embarked on one of the world's most rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in December, with its citizens already getting their second shots in January. On June 1, the country lifted almost all coronavirus restrictions, except for mandatory mask hearing, over a stable downward trend in new infections.

In recent days, the country has detected isolated COVID-19 cases, with a cumulative total of over 800,000 and a death toll of more than 6,000.

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