Israel boosts number of guests allowed at religious functions

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Tel Aviv – Up to 250 guests will be allowed at weddings and religious ceremonies in Israel under new COVID-19 guidelines announced by the government on Friday, despite rising infection rates in the country.

The new guidelines will take effect on Sunday, according to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Health Ministry. They would apply to ceremonies like bar and bat mitzvahs.

Those attending would have to engage in social-distancing and organisers would have to ensure enough space so that all participants could stand two metres apart. Lists would have to be kept of everyone attended.

However, the relaxation of rules is limited to such religious events. Similar secular events are limited to 50 people.

Israel has enjoyed relative success in keeping the spread of the virus under control. However, ever since rules began to be slowly lifted last month, the rate of infections has ticked upwards.