Update for Sunday May 3rd, at 14:00


Dear Residents,

There are currently 2 patients in Efrat and 61 who have recovered.

This morning, despite concerns, Efrat schools opened for grades 1-3. To our delight, 80 percent of first through third graders attended classes today. We welcome the high percentage of students who came, and we see this as a vote of confidence in the school staff, who were prepared for the increased health guidelines that come with the return of students.
The school day passed without any remarkable incident, all parents and staff followed the instructions. We wish all students success and joy in their learning.

Later this week, grades 11 - 12 will return to study for the upcoming matriculation exams. We are also hoping and preparing for the ganim to open early next week.

Transportation for students has not yet been approved. We are working as hard as we can to solve this complex issue, and we understand that the lack of bussing poses a great difficulty to parents and high school students who must travel to school. We will update you as the situation develops.

Easing the restrictions for the entry of workers:
Starting tomorrow, Monday, May 4th, workers will be allowed to enter for work in the following areas:
Agriculture work, work that has been designated as essential, nursing, sanitation, institutional cleaning, and institutional construction. Workers must adhere to the following guidelines:
Workers must take their temperature before arriving, must sign a health statement, must wear a mask, and must maintain a 2-meter distance between each other.
Workers are not permitted to enter for private cleaning work, renovations, or landscaping, or for any other private purpose. The restriction on workers over age 50 has been removed, and the workers from the Bethlehem region are now permitted to enter. Workers who have an orderly permit will be allowed to enter.

We would like to reiterate that, at this stage, there is no public reception in any of the Council offices. Entering the Moetza building endangers your health and the health of our workers. Luckily, there are many ways to get service from the various departments that don’t require your physical presence in the building. Please use the telephone, email, or app, and in case of a delay in receiving a response, you can call the moked and we will be sure to get back to you.

We understand that the Coronavirus is still here, and we must act responsibly and with self-discipline. The restrictions have been eased in order to try to restore the economy, but there remains a real fear that there will be another wave of contagion and a return to quarantine. While we begin to reopen the schools and businesses, we once again ask that everyone do their best to maintain social distance and personal hygiene, so that we can beat the virus.

In addition, there is a likelihood that in the near future, there will be an increase in the number of people requesting Corona tests. Symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and weakness. We reiterate that if you have an onset of any symptoms, you should immediately enter into isolation, update your family doctor, and follow the instructions given to you. In the event that you receive a positive diagnosis, please update us through the moked, 1208/1700705000 or the Neighborhood Team so that we can assist you.

Wishing good health to us all,
We will continue to update,
The Public Information Team