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Police at a temporary roadblock in Jerusalem on January 19, 2021, during a third nationwide full lockdown, in an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Israel’s cabinet on Thursday approved a range of new fines for lockdown violations proposed by the Health Ministry, according to a joint statement issued by the ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.

A business that operates or opens to the public when prohibited will be fined in accordance with the size of the establishment as follows:

  • Up to 100 meters – NIS 5,000
  • From 100 to 500 meters – NIS 7,500
  • Area more than 500 meters – NIS 10,000

An event that is prohibited altogether or an event that violates the limitation on number of participants allowed:

  • Open space – a fine of NIS 5,000
  • Closed area – a fine of NIS 10,000

It was also decided to increase the fines for educational institutions that operate in violation of the Health Ministry guidelines, as follows:

  • Institution with 1-35 students – a fine of NIS 5,000
  • Institution with more than 35 students – a fine of NIS 10,000

The new guidelines take effect within 24 hours.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.