Israelis again confined to neighborhoods under reinstated coronavirus regulations


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has reinstated a coronavirus regulation that bans residents from leaving their towns or neighborhoods.

The lockdown will last from 5 p.m. Tuesday until Thursday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday evening in a nationally televised address.

After the start of Passover last week, Israel had lifted the restriction on residents leaving their communities, except in haredi Orthodox neighborhoods.

The lockdown will prevent Israeli families from gathering for the end of Passover as well as Mimouna, the traditional North African Jewish celebration dinner marking the end of the holiday.

Under the lockdown, bakeries will not open on Wednesday evening just hours after Passover, as is traditional.

Netanyahu acknowledged that he could have been stricter about hosting his son Avner for the Passover Seder. The prime minister was criticized after releasing a video showing the two of them talking over the Seder plate.

The explanation given to the Israeli media: Avner Netanyahu lives in an apartment adjacent to the prime minister’s residence and spends many hours a day there.

Netanyahu’s older son, Yair, lives with his parents.

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