Tuesday, 23.3.20, it was published that during discussions held by the Prime Minister MK Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) about increasing restrictions of motion, the question was raised if Mikvaot should still be exempt and people should be allowed to go to them.
Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman demanded that Mikvaot be open to the public and said:
“It can not be that you can take a dog for a walk outside of the house, but that the Mikvaot will be closed”.
In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“What can you do, the virus does not respect religion“.
Minister of Health Litzman responded:
“Well then we should respect [it]“.
Minister of Transportation MK Betzalel Smotrich (Yamina) tweeted:
“I have been getting a lot of questions about this, so I will clarify: Women’s Mikvaot will remain open for the next level of lockdown. In accordance with the cleanliness and sterilization instructions of the Ministry of Health and coordinating arrival in advance. This is a vital and important need. Of course it will remain”.