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Ministers extend lockdown beyond holiday as over 7,000 new infections recorded

Nationwide closure to now expire on October 14, 3 days later than earlier plan; government also okays NIS 500 fine for anyone caught in someone else’s sukkah over upcoming holiday

October 1, 2020

Government ministers on Wednesday voted to extend the ongoing coronavirus lockdown by three days, and to clamp down on protests and sukkah visiting, as over 7,000 new infections were confirmed during the day.

The lockdown, which was supposed to end on October 11, will now remain in force until October 14, according to Hebrew media reports.

The current national lockdown, Israel’s second since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, began on September 18 and was significantly tightened last Friday.

Ministers also approved fining anyone caught in a sukkah not their own NIS 500.

Sukkot, during which many Jews spend time in huts known as sukkahs, begins on Friday evening and lasts until October 9. The ban on visiting another person’s sukkah will remain in force for two more days after the festival ends, the Ynet news site said.

It was not immediately clear if the owner of the sukkah will also be fined, or how the rule will affect communal sukkahs, which are sometimes used in high-density areas.

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