The Israeli government declared the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak a “restricted zone” after invoking emergency powers to quell the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread quickly throughout the community.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan signed off on the order Thursday evening following a special Knesset (Israeli Parliament) committee meeting where experts estimated that up to 75,000, or 38 percent, of Bnei Brak residents may be infected with the disease.
Residents of the Tel Aviv suburb will only be allowed to leave the area for medical treatment, legal reasons or if they work as police officers, serve in the military, or are members of medical staff.
The ministry noted that the approved regulations will only be valid for a week, with a 5-day extension, maxing out at 21 days if necessary.
In addition, all Bnei Brak residents over the age of 80 will be forced to stay at special hotels arranged by the Defense Ministry to house those in quarantine regardless of their health condition.