Israel Postal Company, would like to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, owing to the increasing number of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Israel and the country's health authorities have declared a general lockdown for the whole country. This will come into effect on 27 December 2020, and last until 11 January 2021.
This lockdown may be extended by another two weeks after reassessment of the situation by the relevant authorities. Israel Postal Company will update member countries and designated operators accordingly.
During the lockdown, movements of people outside their homes will be restricted throughout the country, as will commercial activities, entailing the closure of shops and some other businesses.
Postal services will continue to function with restrictions, including closure of delivery points in shops, application of quarantine in high-risk areas, reduced working hours in post offices, and reduction of the workforce to minimize contacts between people. Items normally requiring the addressee's signature upon delivery will continue to be handed over without signature.
These measures will affect the processing and delivery of all types of services, including outbound and inbound letter post, parcel post and EMS, with an impact on quality of service.
The restrictions set out in previous EmIS messages regarding service standards and application of force majeure remain in place.
Israel Postal Company would like to thank all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will update them on any changes via EmIS.