April 7 (UPI) -- A government ban took effect in Israel on Tuesday that prohibits citizens from traveling from city to city, and was one of several new restrictions introduced ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Under the ban, Israelis are ordered to limit movements to fewer than 330 feet away from their home.
Netanyahu also ordered public transportation and international flights to remain closed until at least Sunday. A number of food stores will also close from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning.
The new restrictions came ahead of Passover, which is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. It begins Wednesday and lasts until April 16.
"I know this is a big burden, but there is no choice," Netanyahu said. "I ask that you do this in self-discipline for your sake and for your loved ones, for the police and medical teams."
Officials said police will enforce the ban. In Jerusalem, for example, authorities will divide the city into seven boroughs where all non-essential traffic will be barred. Those who do travel could be asked for identification and their purpose.
The World Health Organization said Israel recorded more than 400 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing its total to more than 8,000.
Israel's Health Ministry also ordered all persons above the age of 6 to wear a mask when in public until at least Sunday.