Israel Ends Outdoor Mask-Wearing
The Philippine Star|April 19, 2021
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel rescinded the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors and fully reopened schools yesterday in the latest return to relative normality, boosted by a mass vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.

With almost 54 percent of its 9.3 million population having received both shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Israel has logged sharp drops in contagion and cases.

The police-enforced wearing of protective masks outdoors, ordered a year ago, was scrapped from yesterday, but the Health Ministry said the requirement still applied for indoor public spaces and urged citizens to keep masks to hand.

With Israeli kindergarteners, elementary and high school students already back in class, middle school pupils who had been kept at home or attended class sporadically returned to pre-pandemic schedules.

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