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Ein Bokek – Hamei Zohar has been declared a Special Tourist Island. What are the rules for the entrance of vacationers, and what are the guidelines for operating businesses and services on premises? Guide

The Ein Bokek-Hemi Zohar area is declared as a special tourist area (tourist islands) from Sunday, 21.2.2021, at 07:00, until Monday, 22.3.2021. In this framework, accommodation facilities are opened to the public that include 11 housing units or more, for accommodation purposes, including a swimming pool, dining rooms and prayer houses for the use of the guests.
 

Conditions for entering the tourist islands

Entrance of visitors for hospitality purposes - a negative result must be presented in a corona test taekn during the 72 hours prior to admission to the place, or a recovery certificate or vaccination certificate.
 
Entry of residents and workers in the tourist areas - a negative result in a corona test must be presented and will be performed once a week (not including a test at rapid corona test stations, the results of which are obtained on the spot). A resident of a special tourist area who received a positive result in the Corona test, may enter the area in order to reach the place of quarantine in the fastest way and without using public transportation.

 
Eligibility for rapid corona tests at the entrance to the tourist islands 

At the entrance to the special tourist area, free corona test stations will be set up, which allow entry into the area without presenting a vaccination certificate or recovery certificate. A rapid check can be performed at these stations, only in the following cases:

• Residents of the area or nearby towns - Mount Amasa, Neot HaKikar, Neve Zohar, Ein Gedi, Ein Hatzeva and Ein Tamar;

• Arrival for the purpose of receiving medical care or receiving social care in the context of welfare;

• Reaching a legal proceeding to which that person is a party, has status or must be present;

• Attending a funeral, circumcision or wedding ceremony of a first-degree relative;

• Arrival at a workplace located in the special tourist area;

• transfer of a minor between his parents living separately, one of whom lives in the special tourist area;

• other vital need or urgent need for approval of a body authorized by the government;

• Studies at an institution of special education (unless there is an exemption as detailed below).

A person who is entitled to an immediate corona test but it is not available upon arrival at the place is entitled to enter the special tourist area after taking a regular corona test at the checkpoint, and if the position is not available - it is possible to enter the place without test.


Entry without obligation to present a negative result in a corona test 

 It is possible to enter a special tourist area without the obligation to present a negative result in a corona test, in the following cases:

• Arrival for urgent medical treatment at Magen David Adom station (including Corona patient);

• a child under 11 years of age;

• A person with a developmental mental disability, or autism, or cognitive impairment, or upper respiratory tract deformities, or a physical, mental, or cognitive disability that does not allow testing or cooperating with the test because of his or her disability.

• A police officer, soldier, prison guard, employee of the National Fire and Rescue Authority, a social worker in the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services or a local authority, and a medical staff member entering the area as part of his job (including doctor, intern, brother, medical auxiliary, paramedic or medic).


Guidelines for running an in-person service business in a special tourist area 

Restaurants and cafes - in open space only, up to 50 diners (fine for violating this guideline - NIS 5,000). The tables should be placed at least 2.5 meters apart.

Dining room in a guest facility - open for the use of local guests only, up to 50% of the allowable occupancy. The tables should be placed at least 2.5 meters apart.

Tourist attraction, including a water attraction and a playground (except for a playground for toddlers) - in an open area only. Each facility in the attraction area will have a maximum of one person, or people living in the same place or people staying together in a guest unit. Marine and amusement facility (except for a playground for toddlers) - in open space only.

Swimming pool in the accommodation facility - for the use of the guests of the accommodation facility only. Do not allow people to sit in the field. The number of people staying in the pool will be per person up to a maximum of 6 square meters. In the pool divided into tracks - up to 2 swimmers in each track.