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Israel is no longer requiring masks indoors

INDONESIA. A medical worker gives a jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 during a mass vaccination for retail workers at a stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP)

JERUSALEM -- Israel is no longer requiring masks indoors, lifting one of its last coronavirus restrictions following a highly successful vaccination campaign.

The restriction was lifted on Tuesday, though people will still be required to wear masks on airplanes and on their way to quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in nursing homes and other long-term health facilities.

Israel has vaccinated around 85 percent of its adult population, allowing schools and businesses to fully reopen. There are only a few dozen active patients in the country of more than nine million.

Authorities have been cautious about welcoming visitors, however, because of concerns over new variants. Israel welcomed its first tour group late last month. All tourists must show proof of vaccination and be tested upon arrival. (AP)


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