Israel’s coronavirus cabinet on Friday (Feb. 4) dropped the requirement to present a proof of COVID-19 vaccination at most indoor places, effectively removing barriers to entry for unvaccinated people at hotels, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters as infections continue to fall.
“High-risk events” such as weddings and parties will still require a certificate. The decision will officially come into effect on Monday (Feb. 7).
The cabinet also voted to extend the mask mandate in schools and the obligation to present a negative test every 48 hours for unvaccinated school staffers until March 1.
While infections are steadily declining, serious COVID-19 cases and the number of dead are persisting at record levels in the face of the downward trend, according to Health Ministry data.