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15 malls to reopen Friday under plan to evaluate social distancing rules

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Some malls were set to reopen Friday as part of a pilot plan approved by the high-level coronavirus cabinet, amid signs that new COVID-19 infections were back on the rise.

A total of 15 malls around the country are permitted to reopen, including nine chosen by lottery overnight and six that earlier received approval.

The Economy Ministry said the lottery winners were Big Fashion in Beit Shemesh, Center 1 in Jerusalem, Arad Mall, M Haderech in Beit Herut, Seven Stars in Herzilya, Sharonim in Hod Hasharon, CineMall in Haifa, Arena Mall in Nahariya and Mall One in Nof Hagalil.

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The other six malls belong to two of Israel’s leading mall operators, the Azrieli Group and Ofer. They are in Jerusalem, Haifa, Kiryat Bialik, Ramat Gan, Petah Tikva and Beersheba.

The mall owners pushed to have the shops open by Friday to be able to offer Black Friday sales. The closed shops at the Dizengoff Center mall during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, October 25, 2020. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

At the end of the 10 day program, officials will draw conclusions about the safety of mall openings and decide when, and how, malls in........

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