RAMALLAH, Saturday, April 03, 2021 (WAFA) – The Palestinian government has agreed to ease lockdown restrictions in place across the West Bank starting tomorrow until April 12th.
The government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem announced a set of measures for easing restrictions while continuing to follow safety measures on preventing the spread of Covid-19, including mask and social distancing requirements.
Following a flattening of the COVID-19 epidemiological curve, and after weeks of school closures due to a spike in coronavirus deaths and cases, Melhem announced the reopening of kindergartens and all public, private and UNRWA-run schools for students from first to sixth grade, on April 11th. Remote learning will continue for the remaining grades.
All universities, academic and vocational institutes of all levels will resume distance learning, with the exception of first-grade and postgraduate students, and courses requiring special facilities, such as labs.
Melhem said all teachers should be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 starting April 5th, starting with those in their 50s.
The full lockdown on Fridays and Saturdays - with the exception of shops which are deemed to be essential, including pharmacies and bakeries - and the night lockdown from 7:00 pm until 6:00 am all weekdays will remain in effect.
Weddings, parties, funeral homes, and any other forms of public gathering are prohibited.
Private institutions and productive and industrial sectors should be working at a maximum capacity of 50 percent of their staff.
Commercial stores and restaurants are allowed to reopen while maintaining strict health measures and at a maximum capacity of 50 percent of their staff.
Banks are asked to operate at an emergency pace and in accordance with the instructions of the Palestine Monetary Authority.