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Israelis present their vaccination certificates at the entrance of the Rimon Cafe in Jerusalem on December 27, 2021.

The COVID-19 quarantine format in Israel was “updated” on Tuesday morning in a meeting between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and Education Minister Dr. Yifat Shasha-Biton.

Also attending the meeting were: The Director General of the Health Ministry, the Director General of the Education Ministry, the Director of the Public Health Service, the national coronavirus project manager, the Deputy Attorney General, the Deputy Director of the National Security Council, GOC Home Front Command, the Defense Ministry Civil Defense Director and other professionals.

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The new quarantine rules apply to Israeli citizens ages five and older, who have been exposed to people who have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. The regulations were approved as follows:

  • Those who have been vaccinated and who have been in contact with verified coronavirus cases (regardless of the variant), will undergo a coronavirus test and quarantine until the result is received.
  • Over the next ten days, they will avoid crowded leisure and recreation venues and contact with high-risk populations.

Additional restrictions were set as follows:

  • Those who have not been vaccinated and who have been in contact with verified coronavirus cases (regardless of the variant) will be required to quarantine for seven days and undergo coronavirus tests at the start of their quarantine and on the seventh day, with negative results, as a condition for its conclusion.
  • The definition of someone as vaccinated shall apply to those who have received the full number doses that is possible to receive, pursuant to personal circumstances (recovery, medical situation, etc.).

The decision takes effect on Wednesday (Dec. 29) with an order signed by the Health Ministry Director General, after approval of the Knesset Health Committee.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.