On Sept. 18, Israel became the first developed country to launch a second COVID-19 lockdown. It came four months after the first lockdown – instituted in March – ended.
How Israeli citizens have reacted to the unsustainable nature of renewed lockdowns is instructive for the Canadian jurisdictions that have increased a rhetoric of fear about a second wave.
Reactions to the second Israeli lockdown seem worrisome. Shops and restaurants opened in protest despite fines of US$1,500 per day; religious gatherings and public protests were organized in defiance of the new orders.
In the first week alone, more than 7,000 Israeli police officers patrolled streets and manned checkpoints. They handed nearly 5,000 tickets to people violating the permitted one-km-radius zone from their homes, and close to 200 tickets for failing to wear mandatory masks. Some restaurant owners were arrested for refusing to close.