Israel is now beginning to return to its normal life before the coronavirus pandemic with the Green Passport program.
In January, the Health Ministry of Israel has launched a Green Passport program. The program enables exclusive access to people who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines or those who have recovered from COVID-19.
Israel’s streets and the economy are gradually bouncing back after the government eased the coronavirus restrictions. Commerce and culture venues are also starting to reopen after being closed for months since the pandemic broke out.
Establishments such as malls, markets, street shops, museums, and libraries are open to the entire population. However, they are subject to social distancing and health protocols. Israelis with the Green Passport have the exclusive grant of access to gyms and studios, cultural and sports events, houses of worship, hotels, and swimming pools.
Those who are entering these venues are required to present a printed certificate on the designated mobile application. The Green Passport is valid a week after the second dose of vaccine has been received up until six months. Its carrier will also be exempted from the obligatory two-week quarantine period after being exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient.
“It’s a miracle”
Israeli rock star Aviv Gefen held his first live concert last year at the Zappa Club in Herzliya. The concert was attended by 300 Israelis who practiced social distancing and health protocols throughout the event. Aviv is calling this breakthrough a miracle!
“This is moving, very very exciting,” Aviv told the crowd. “I got up very early this morning and told myself that today there will finally be a regular show in the Zappa, with a real audience. I’ve been waiting for this for so long, it’s a miracle. We’re third to open after Australia and New Zealand, it’s just joyful.”
Israel is expected to open more establishments and events as the government closely monitors the effect of the Green Passport.