Tue, 01 Dec 2020

Israeli people enjoy their leisure time on a seaside promenade after a month-long nationwide lockdown in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 25, 2020. (Gideon Markowicz/JINI via Xinhua)

JERUSALEM, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Israel's coronavirus cabinet decided that the second stage of the exit plan from the ongoing full lockdown will begin Sunday, Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Friday.

The new phase will further scale back the lockdown measures the Israeli government imposed last month to curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to the statement, pupils from grades one to four across the country will be allowed to turn to their schools. The exit plan also eased down some restrictions on service sectors and houses of worship.

In addition, the cabinet said that opening stores on the street will be permitted from Nov. 8, while shopping malls and open markets will remain closed.

In the first exit phase, which took effect on Oct. 18, beaches, nature reserves and parks in Israel were reopened, as well as businesses without public reception and takeaway services.

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