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Corona Virus updates for faithful and pilgrims

(30/03/2020)
Pastoral Guidelines for Holy Week following restrictions due to COVID-19

(26/03/2020)
Statement on the Holy Sepulcher

(25/03/2020)
Closure of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher for a week

(21/03/2020)
Statement from the three communities of the Holy Sepulchre

(17/03/2020)
Follow updates of guidelines and instruction by the Ministry of Health how to behave in the new daily routine for the public

(16/03/2020 - Press release of the Custody of the Holy Land)
• The sanctuaries of the CTS will remain open in a regular way.
• No more that 10 persons can enter the sanctuaries at any given time. See instructions of the Ministry of Health
• All celebrations booked in the Sanctuaries are to be suspended until further notice.

(16/3/2020)
Patriarchs and Heads of Churches urge communities to adhere by Coronavirus precautions

(14/03/2020 - Update of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)
Below are the new directives according to the Ministry of Health in dealing with Coronavirus outbreak:
• As of 6 AM tomorrow morning, 15/03/2020, visitors still in Israel will not be allowed to continue with their planned visit to sites.
• Visitors are requested to stay in their hotel and plan their departure from Israel as soon as possible,
• As regarding their activity in the hotel, tomorrow an update will be broadcasted. Presently, we ask hotels to continue operating according to the new regulations. This means, no more than 10 people in one area and maintaining a designated distance of two meter between each person.

(13/3/2020)
OUR OFFICES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE ISRAEL MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Further information

(12/3/2020)
Letter of H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Restrictions of the Ministry of Health on mass gatherings (incl. religious events)

(9/3/2020 - Update of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)
• As of 12/3/2020 at 20:00, all visitors who desire to enter Israel from everywhere worldwide, must attest that they can go into self-quarantine for 14 days. This cannot be arranged at a hotel or any other accommodation which is not a private residence.
• Until 12/3/2020 at 20:00, tourists can enter from the designated countries allowed and entry will be denied to the designated countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland and Austria and Egypt.
• Tourists already in Israel or arriving before 12/3/2020 at 20:00, can continue their travel route as usual as they keep the following guidelines:
1. If the tourist doesn't feel well, the health responders must be called (101)
2. Proper hygiene measures should be made
3. Public areas that are crowded should be avoided
4. The agent or guide should keep an account of all sites visited
• Land crossings to Jordan will be closed immediately. Tourists in Israel who have flights from Jordan or vice versa, tourists in Jordan who fly out of Israel - must go to the border 6 hours before the flight with proof of flight tickets. Please try to avoid use of crossings as there may be difficulties in permission for passage in the near future.

(8/3/2020 - Update of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)
The Israel Ministry of Health has instructed today that entrance of tourists from Egypt will be restricted. This includes all arriving on connection flights through Egypt and direct flights from Egypt. Travel will also be restricted through the Menachem Begin Land Crossing to Taba in the Sinai Peninsula.

(5/3/2020)
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism starting from 6/3/2020 till 20/3/2020 all hotels in Palestine will be closed due to the crisis of Coronavirus (COVID-19). No groups nor individual tourists will be received.

(4/3/2020 - Update of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)
1. Foreign nationals that have been resinding in France, Germany, Spain, Austia and Switzerland in the last 14 days and are currently located in Israel or will be ariving to Israel up until Friday 6/3/2020 at 8 am can contiune their visit as per usual exept for the following limitations>
- In the case that the tourist doesn't feel well, they need to contact 101 immediantely.
- Hygiene standards have to be implemented.
- Avoid crowded public areas as much as possible.

2. On Friday at 8 am the order from the Israeli Interior Minister will come into effect. This order will prohibit entry to Israel for foreign nationals residing in France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Switzerland, exept for those that declare that they have the ability to maintain isolation in a private home for 14 days. A foreign national will not be permited to enter Israel if thay declare that they will uphold the 14 days isolation in a hotel or anywhere else that is not a private home.

3. Foreign nationals who have arrived from a different source country and ony had a connection flight in one of these destinations, will be permitted to enter Israel.

(3/3/2020 - Update of theIsraeli Ministry of Tourism)
1. Visitors from the following locations are banned from entering Israel: China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Italy.

2. Visitors who have been in China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan and Italy and are already in Israel must enter a 14 day home quarantine from the time that they entered the country from the at-risk location. These visitors are forbidden to enter any public space.

3. Visitors who only had a connection flight from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan are permitted to enter Israel.

4. Starting from the date 2/2/2020 visitors who had a connecting flight in China must enter a 14-day home quarantine from the time they have arrived from China.

5. Starting from the date 13/2/2020 visitors who had a connecting flight in Italy must enter a 14-day home quarantine from the time they have arrived from Italy.

6. Starting from the date 27/2/2020 visitors who had a connecting flight in South Korea must enter a 14-day home quarantine from the time they have arrived from South Korea.

Guidelines to combat spread of coronavirus and hygiene
(by the Ministry of Tourism of Israel)
New measures have been suggested as part of the efforts to combat the spread of the new coronavirus:
1. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
2. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. Avoid hand-shakes and direct contact with others,
4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth,
5. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
6. Avoid shared table-ware during meal time.
7. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

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