Israel has abolished rules requiring citizens to wear face masks outdoors as it continues to relax Covid measures thanks to the country’s vaccine success.
Although Israelis are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, they are still required to put them on when entering public indoor spaces.
The country has now also fully reopened schools after more than 80% of adults received both doses of coronavirus vaccine.
The success is a positive sign for the UK, which is just behind in terms of vaccine doses administered, as Boris Johnson continues on his roadmap to lift lockdown rules.
Israel’s forced use of protective masks outdoors by police was first ordered a year ago before it was scrapped on Sunday.
It happens when middle school students return to class and join kindergarten, elementary and high school students who are already back in class.
The country’s education ministry said schools should continue to promote personal hygiene and classroom ventilation, and maintain social distancing as much as possible during breaks and classes.
Although face masks are not mandatory outdoors in the UK, experts have warned that they could be used indoors for “several years”.
Last month, Mary Ramsay, vaccination director at Public Health England said, “People are now used to these lower-level restrictions and people can live with them and the economy can continue to operate with these less stringent restrictions.”
“So I think for a few years to be sure, at least until other parts of the world are vaccinated as well as we are and numbers are down everywhere. Then we may be able to gradually return to a more normal state.” Situation.
“We have to look very carefully before any of these restrictions are lifted.”
The UK is closely behind Israel in terms of the success of its vaccination program, administering a total of 42 million doses.