Israel goes back into full lockdown tonight for 2 weeks as COVID cases skyrocket and threaten to set new daily records there. The lockdown will shut down some schools that haven’t been closed since the original March lockdown. I’ve lost track of the count of Israeli lockdowns, but I guess this is 4? Or is it 3b?
The country is leading the world in vaccination rates by a long shot with some 17% of the population inoculated, but it takes several weeks for the antibodies to take effect and there’s still a long way to go until herd immunity is reached. The good news is that both Pfizer and Moderna are expediting more vaccine supply to Israel as the country hopes to be the first in the world to reach herd immunity with their best in class vaccination process.
Israelis wanting to fly abroad only have until 11:59pm local time tonight to buy a flight. Chaim V’Chessed reports that after that point, they won’t be allowed to enter the airport with newly purchased tickets unless they are traveling for a qualified reason such as:
- “A funeral, wedding, Bar Mitzva, or bris of a first degree relative
- Medical treatment or to obtain medicine/medical supplies
- Providing assistance to someone in distress or crisis
- Moving to a new home
- Returning to your country of origin
- Returning to a permitted place of work”
Foreigners can still purchase tickets to return home.
Israel is also freezing the issuance of entry permission for single students returning to school until at least January 21st. The country had just lifted restrictions on single students, but it is reinstating them for the full lockdown. If you already received entry permission then it will be honored.
Have you received a vaccine in Israel? Will you buy tickets to travel abroad before midnight?