Wed, 15 Jul 2020

by Nick Kolyohin

JERUSALEM, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Israel opened Wednesday restaurants, coffee houses, bars, swimming pools, tourist attractions due to constant decline of the COVID-19 patients, especially during last weeks.

Israeli streets, beaches, and eateries are crowded again. People are filling up all the places that they were forced to abandon in the last months. Kids, elderly, families are returning to a more of everyday life.

"Bars and restaurants are a significant part of the city life culture. Many people are consuming those services daily, so this is a big day and an important symbol of everyday life," Iris Lavan, resident of Tel Aviv told Xinhua.

These easing steps were approved by the government thanks to the continuous decline and stabilization in the number of new patients.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated on Wednesday in a conference with leaders of countries at the forefront of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was hosted by Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The leaders discussed ways to resume safe flights between their countries and steps to return to a safe routine in the shadow of COVID-19.

"We've opened up our economy. Yesterday, we decided almost on the last batch, which is restaurants, bars and so on, big parks, public parks, recreational, swimming pools and the like," said Netanyahu.

Before opening its gates for the public, businesses are obliged to keep safe its clients by placing signs with health guidelines, marking floors with required distance, regulating the number of visitors, and obeying all the regulations.

People are required in all places to keep physical distancing, wear masks and follow the rules of hygiene.

Despite the long-waited opportunity to open its gates again for clients, most of the places have not returned to work at full capacity.

"Our level of infections went down to a handful a day. Ten, fifteen, twenty. It came up yesterday. It's about forty, but I don't know if it's a singular event. But people think it's over. I tell them, it's not over," stressed Netanyahu.

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