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Light at the End of Israel's Coronavirus Tunnel

“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him." Dan. 2:20-22

Israelis have a sense as we move into May 2020 that life is and will be returning to normal, the coronavirus has weakened its attacks on victims in the country and people are recovering more quickly. The Israeli cabinet voted this week to ease a number of emergency restrictions on public activity, following a decline in the spread of the virus. Effective immediately, public libraries will reopen, non-medical treatments on the body will be permitted, and hotels and guest houses will be allowed to operate once again. In addition, zoos, safaris, national parks, and nature reserves will be reopened to the public. The government continues to lift coronavirus restrictions, allowing greater freedom for prayer, business activity, and celebrations. Activity at swimming pools will be permitted for competitive athletes and therapy. Mall, open-air markets, and gyms were allowed to open again on Thur.7 May 2020. Beaches will remain largely closed to the general public, though some sport activity in the sea will be permitted. Outdoor public prayer groups will still be limited to no more than 19 people, but the restriction barring praying more than 500 meters from one’s home or workplace has now been lifted. Along with the new directives, officials in the Health Ministry announced Tues. 5 April that synagogues will likely be allowed to reopen by this weekend (VFI News)