Israel in 2nd lockdown at start of Jewish New Year

Jerusalem, Sep 18 (efe-epa).- Israel went into a second national lockdown on Friday, the first day of Jewish New Year, amid widespread public discontent over the restrictions.

Fresh measures came into force on the first day of the Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah which is normally celebrated with large family gatherings.

Cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were bustling with people on Friday morning as residents took advantage of their last opportunity to go to the hairdresser, buy clothes or visit cafes and restaurants.

All these activities will be suspended for at least the next three weeks.

The country’s second national lockdown began at 2pm local time, when businesses shut and police replaced residents on the streets.

It was implemented after infection rates in the country soared to among the highest in the world.

Security forces deployed thousands of officers and 600 soldiers throughout the country to uphold the rules.

They also opened control points on major roads to enforce movement restrictions.

Israel’s population has been banned from going more than one kilometer from their homes or visiting other peoples’ houses and a cap has been put on meetings outside.

Shopping centers, hotels, gyms, bars and restaurants have been ordered to close, along with all other non-essential businesses.

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