Israel reopens economy with nearly half the country vaccinated against COVID-19

Israel reopens economy with nearly half the country vaccinated against COVID-19


Israel started rolling back COVID-19 restrictions as it began to reopen the economy Sunday — with almost half of the country now vaccinated.

Shops, museums, libraries and markets are now allowed to open to all Israelis following a two-month lockdown that began in late December.

But only those who have been vaccinated will be able to go to gyms, pools, movie theaters and restaurants.

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They will have to show their “Green Pass,” which certifies they’ve received both doses of the vaccine at least a week prior.

Israelis will be able to show their status with a vaccination certificate or by downloading a Health Ministry app linked to their medical files.

The country has administered at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine to more than 46 percent of its 9 million population, officials said.

In addition to reopening swaths of the economy, most grade and high schools have also been allowed to resume classes.

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