In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday evening that beginning Wednesday, a new curfew will be enforced across the Holy Land for Passover.
“On Wednesday, before the Passover seder, everyone will remain at their home starting at 6:00 pm until the next day at 7:00 am,” Netanyahu said in a statement, CBN News reports.
“I know that this is very onerous but there is simply no choice. We will strictly enforce the lockdown,” he added.
According to the New York Times, for this duration, residents are required to remain in their homes without any visitors, including immediate family.
The Prime Minister then recalled the mass gatherings that occurred during Purim holiday celebrations last month and noted that the Passover restrictions were being introduced to avoid further spread of the virus during Passover, which, like Purim, traditionally elicits large gatherings.