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Ministers back bill declaring Eilat, Red Sea area virus-free ‘tourist islands’

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Ministers on Monday approved a bill that will enable defining the resort city of Eilat and the Dead Sea hotels complex as special virus-free areas, exempting them from some restrictions that have shuttered hotels and guesthouses across the country due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill after the broader cabinet gave its backing to it on Sunday. The bill is expected to be brought for approval by the Knesset later this week.

Under the terms of the bill the two areas will be declared “special tourist areas,” the Tourism Ministry said in a statement. It called the zones “green tourist islands,” a reference to a government color-coded system used to grade virus infection areas, with red being most-infected and green having the lowest infection rates.

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“The implementation of the decision is expected to reduce unemployment in Eilat and the Dead Sea and is part of a plan to rehabilitate the tourism industry, which has been severely damaged during the coronavirus........

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