Bill would give all Israelis free face masks

Written by on September 9, 2020

There is precedent for distributing masks in Israel. When there was a chemical threat to Israel, all Israeli citizens were given gas masks.

Surgical masks (photo credit: Courtesy)

Surgical masks

(photo credit: Courtesy)

The government would be required to give all citizens free disposable masks as long as there are laws requiring them to be worn, according to a new bill submitted by 27 MKs from the coalition and opposition that was initiated by Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman.

The bill will be brought to a vote the next time the Ministerial Committee on Legislation meets. But the committee has not convened in five weeks.

MKs from seven different factions endorsed the bill, giving it a good chance of passing if it would come to a vote.

The bill would require the government to distribute the masks to the public for free at distribution sites across the country. It states that there is a consensus around the world that wearing masks helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, so the government must take responsibility and make sure that citizens have masks.  

There is precedent for distributing masks in Israel. When there was a chemical threat to Israel, all Israeli citizens were given gas masks.

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