Israel’s traffic light plan – red, green, yellow and orange zones.
Traffic light plan as outlined and published in YNET (August 31st), will divide the country into 250 local and regional councils (or zones) with each locality defined by a color ranging from Green for low morbidity to Red with high rates of infection. The designation of color will be decided based on the number of new cases for every 10,000 residents per week, the increase of patients per week, the number of positive test results each week.
Color designation will be in place for a two-week period before being reevaluated according to the increase or decrease of cases and would determine the level of commercial, educational and cultural activity permitted.
In red zones gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and 20 outside would be forbidden. The restriction would apply to prayers during the High Holidays as well.
Orange zones would have a restriction of no more than 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors. Restaurants or other businesses would be able to allow up to 40% capacity.
Yellow zones would allow 50 people indoors and up to 100 outdoors or a 60% capacity in places of business.
In Green zones congregation indoors would be allowed for up to 100 people indoors and 250 outdoors with up to 80% capacity.
Cultural events in both yellow and green zones would be allowed for up to 500 people in venues that can separate audiences into groups using separate entrances.
The cabinet was unable to reach an agreement on in-school learning in red zones with Education Minister Yoav Galant insisting the school year begin as planned on Tuesday while Gamzu warned it would cause mass contamination and must be suspended.
Local government will be responsible for much of the response and will be assisted by the IDF Home Front Command.
Gamzu’s traffic light plan was finally approved in the Knesset today.
More details of Gamzu’s traffic light plan
As we know municipal districts to be divided into 4 categories: red, yellow, orange and green. The level of restrictions will be graded; red districts will be hardest hit while green districts will have the least restrictions;
Proposed restrictions regarding public gatherings
|Yellow districts||Red districts|
|100 guests in an open space
50 guests in a closed space
|20 guests in an open space
10 guests in a closed space
|Green districts||Orange districts|
|250 guests in an open space
100 guests in a closed space
|50 guests in an open space
25 guests in a closed space
At the corona cabinet meeting on Wednesday 5th, August, 2020 Prof. Roni Gamzu, Head of the corona task force in Israel, presented the new policy for the red and orange zones in his ‘traffic light plan’.
To recap: municipal districts will be divided into 3 categories – red, orange and green according to the infection and morbidity rate. Varying levels of restrictions will be placed on the red and orange zones accordingly. Green zones are ones that have low infection and morbidity rates and do not require additional measures to reduce numbers.
The Jerusalem Post published the new policy: