Under new restrictions introduced by the government in an attempt to reduce the rise of COVID-19 cases, bars, gyms, pools and entertainment venues will be closed until further notice.

Many cultural venues expressed the fear that they will be unable to recover from this test blow,

Yair Nagid , head of the Cultural Administration and the CEO of the Beersheba Performing Arts Center, told KAN's Mark Weiss that the closure is particularly painful because the staff had only been back at work for a few days after a 3-month layoff.