© Reuters. A woman receives a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as part of an initiative by the Tel Aviv municipality that offers a free drink in a bar to residents receiving the vaccine, in Tel Aviv.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel reopened swaths of its economy on Sunday in what it called the start of a return to routine thanks to a COVID-19 vaccination campaign that has reached nearly half the population. While the stores were open to all, access to entertainment venues such as gyms and theaters was limited to those vaccinated or those who had recovered from the disease with supposed immunity, a status called “Green Pass” shown in an app. special of the Ministry of Health. Social distancing measures were still in effect. Dancing was prohibited in banquet halls and synagogues, mosques or churches had to cut the normal number of worshipers by half. Just one year after Israel’s first documented coronavirus case, Sunday’s easing of restrictions is part of a government plan to open up the economy more widely next month, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu runs for re-election. Israel has administered at least one dose of the Pfizer Inc (NYSE 🙂 vaccine to more than 45% of its 9 million residents, the Health Ministry says. The two-injection regimen has reduced COVID-19 infections by 95.8%, data from the ministry showed. The country has recorded more than 740,000 cases and 5,500 deaths from the disease, sparking criticism of the sometimes irregular implementation of three national closures by the Netanyahu government. He has promised there will not be a room. Elementary students and students in their final two years of high school attended classes on Sunday in Israeli cities that had infection rates under control. High school students are due to return next month, after nearly a year of remote learning.