March 16, 2021


Tel Aviv…Hoteliers in Israel are confident that they will be able to fill rooms for Passover with local guests. Even so, they expect to lose millions of dollars. Health officials seem to be giving the hotels the green light. "We are monitoring the morbidity rates cautiously. I hope that if they stay the same and are as they are today, I hope that we shall be able to celebrate a normal Passover, without restrictions," Sharon Elroi Preiss, head of Public Health Services at the Ministry of Health said. "The vaccinations are having a large effect," Dr. Preiss said. "I don’t think we need to talk about restrictions on Passover at the moment.” With the eve of Passover falling on a Shabbat, Israelis will have two days to celebrate at hotels this year (usually only one day). “Demand has been unprecedented as Israelis seek to escape closed air travel and lockdowns,” one hotel official told Kosher Today. Many Israelis who live overseas were allowed to return in time for the March 23rd elections and will already spend Passover in Israel. There are still no projections for foreigners to return, thus continuing the plight of Israel’s hotels who depend on the tourism business.