Monday, July 26, 2021

(JNS) With Israel’s wedding season a week away and the rate of COVID-19 infection rising, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett signed off on a program that would allow weddings and other celebrations to be held safely in closed places.

At press time, the plan was set to be submitted to the coronavirus cabinet for approval by conference call and to take effect immediately, according to a joint statement by Bennett, Economy and Industry Minister Orna Barbivay and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz.

According to the plan, entry to events will be allowed for those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, those who have recovered from it and those with negative PCR test results.

The plan involves a “happy badge,” similar to Israel’s “Green Pass.” Canceled on June 1, the pass was a certificate issued to vaccinated people and those who had recovered and developed antibodies, allowing them to enter hotels, restaurants and event venues. Some researchers have urged that the Green Pass be reinstated.

While the number of participants at events will not be limited, masks will be required except during certain permitted activities (such as eating and drinking).

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