In recent news, Yuli Edelstein, the Health Minister, visited Eilat. The island was opened to the public just today.
The Health Minister urged people to ensure that they follow coronavirus guidelines down to a tee while on the island. Moreover, he warned that authorities will take necessary steps to make sure that no one infected with the novel coronavirus is permitted to enter the premises of Eilat.
Edelstein addressed the public and requested that if they plan on visiting the city, they should first get tested for the virus. Only if they test negative, should they travel to Eilat. Additionally, he referred to all those who enter the city along with people travelling in search of a hotel. He also expressed happiness at the fact that there is finally a place in Israel where the citizens and tourists alike can go for a recreational vacation.
The Health Minister pointed out and assured the residents of the city that the government is thinking about them. He went on to explain that various ideas are being considered, which includes test exemptions of children up to the age of 10, as well as workers. Those who are in special education will also be exempted from taking the test. But, Edelstein made sure to remind people that if too many exemptions were made, the project would have to be cut short.
Just yesterday, the coronavirus cabinet had given permission to the Dead Sea areas along with Eilat to open their doors to visitors. However, in order to enter any of these areas will require visitors to get tested for coronavirus. They need to do so at least 72 hours prior to visiting the island.
On the other hand, local employees and residents are permitted to show a test that was conducted a week or so before their arrival. They will also have the option of getting tested for free at the rapid test center located in the city of Eilat.
Edelstein expressed hope towards a brighter future if people continued to follow coronavirus guidelines.