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Ministers ease outdoor gathering restrictions as virus rates continue to slide

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Ministers approved a further easing of coronavirus lockdown measures late Wednesday, increasing the number of people allowed to gather in public and removing some Memorial Day restrictions.

As current restrictions expired at midnight, the coronavirus cabinet, a panel that sets policy for dealing with COVID-19, held a vote by telephone in the evening on newly eased measures proposed by the Health Ministry.

The new measures, effective as of Thursday, include raising the number of people allowed to gather outdoors from 50 to 100. The current limit of 20 people indoors remains in place.

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Cultural venues are allowed to host up to 750 people under the Green Pass program, up from the current limit of 500. And large open-air stadiums can increase attendance from 5,000 to 10,000.

Indoor arenas can host up to 4,000 seated people.

The Green Pass is given to those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus, granting them entry to public venues not open to others. People enjoy artist Ivri Lider at a concert organized by the Tel Aviv municipality at Bloomfield Stadium, March 5, 2021 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

The ministers also eased restrictions in place for Memorial Day next week, allowing families of the fallen, who do not have the Green Pass, to attend ceremonies.

The new limits will be in place until April 22.

However, the ministers did not discuss increasing the numbers of Israelis allowed to fly in and out of the country and a separate........

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