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Ministers approve pilot plan to reopen markets, 15 malls, starting Friday

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Government ministers on Wednesday approved a pilot plan to open 15 malls around the country as Israel continues to emerge from its second nationwide coronavirus lockdown, even as the spread of the virus appears to be accelerating.

Outdoor market areas and some museums will also be allowed to reopen as part of the pilot plan, which aims to test the efficacy of virus safety guidelines.

The so-called coronavirus cabinet approved the plan, which was put forward by the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Economy and Industry, shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

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The malls will likely be allowed reopen on Friday and remain open until December 6. The mall owners pushed to have the shops open by Friday to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

During the pilot program, the malls will be required to abide by Health Ministry regulations to track attendance, measure compliance with virus rules and limit gatherings. The reopenings will be monitored by inspectors from the Health Ministry.

Store owners and employees will undergo special training sessions. Essential stores, such as pharmacies and grocery stores, will be allowed to admit more customers than non-essential shops.

Mall owners or operators who........

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