JERUSALEM — The Israeli government issued orders on Tuesday requiring citizens to wear face masks in public to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus as the country enters a lockdown for the Jewish Passover holiday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week urged Israelis to wear masks in public, a measure the government said would become compulsory on Sunday.
Children under six, the mentally disabled or those alone in vehicles or workplaces are exempt. The government said masks could be homemade.
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