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Reports: Israel's cabinet to ease Green Pass restrictions next week


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A man holding the new Green Pass, in Jerusalem, October 4, 2021.
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90A man holding the new Green Pass, in Jerusalem, October 4, 2021.

Outdoor seating at restaurants and pools will no longer require a Green Pass starting next Monday

Israel’s cabinet voted Wednesday to ease Green Pass restrictions next week, according to Hebrew media reports.

A Green Pass given to vaccinated Israelis will no longer be needed for outdoor seating in restaurants, at pools and other outdoor activities. This will go in effect next Monday.

The reports said the Health Ministry is expected to wait until October 17 to implement its new Green Pass criteria, which will rescind the vaccine certification for those who have not received a booster after two Pfizer doses.

A rush of people attempting to obtain the new passes overloaded the system, leading to a delay. These passes have remained in effect, with the Health Ministry stating they will still work.

This comes as nearly two million Israelis are vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but not the third booster shot rolled out in the summer.

Severe cases are declining in Israel, with the end of a fourth coronavirus wave possibly in sight.

Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash said on Saturday that no new restrictions will be considered in light of encouraging numbers.

“As the decline in morbidity continues, we can say that we are at the beginning of the exit from this wave," Ash told Israel's Kan News.