JERUSALEM (1) – Israelis who’ve beards for religious causes will get the choice of custom-made face masks to shield them from the coronavirus fairly than being advised to shave, a authorities official mentioned on Monday.

As half of measures to fight the epidemic, Israeli authorities final week advised individuals to cowl their mouths and noses in public.

Many of the nation’s Jews and Muslims, and a few Christian clergymen, put on beards as a mark of religion, and the order raised questions as to how facial hair could be accommodated.

Well being Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto mentioned masks could be tailored accordingly.

“We’re creating an industrial certification for masks, which signifies that in a couple of days there’ll actually be masks of totally different sizes,” he advised Military Radio.

“…(So) these with beards will probably be in a position to use the suitable masks.”

A spokesman for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has mentioned it would take into account issuing a ruling allowing religious Jews to shave if the ministry have been to deem it vital.

Grotto mentioned looking for a rabbinical dispensation to take away facial hair was “not on the agenda proper now”.

Writing by Dan Williams; enhancing by John Stonestreet

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