With the number of Israelis vaccinated against COVID-19 topping 5 million and the country experiencing fewer than 100 new daily cases, the government ended its outdoor mask mandate on Sunday, spurring widespread celebration and forcing people to change deeply ingrained habits formed by just over a year of mandatory virus precautions.
While people are now allowed to walk without a mask outside, the old rules still apply indoors at venues such as stores, malls and houses of worship and some people seem to have trouble switching gears.
While most people in this Jerusalem suburb removed their masks on Sunday, a sizable minority continued to wear theirs, with many in the local shopping district keeping them on their chins for easy access when entering shops.
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A glimpse into the past or the future? Dropping masks outdoors, jubilant Israelis adjust to new COVID normalcy https://t.co/5dVCqGIEtm
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