One extra-determined couple even walked down the aisle in a supermarket, the only public place where the cap on the number of people is a little more flexible.
In the city of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, the organizers of one wedding sent a notice to guests telling them the ceremony was going ahead but urging them to keep quiet about it.
After images of the wedding showing more than 100 people dancing in close contact went viral, police said Wednesday they had arrested three people for endangering the public and violating health orders.
On Tuesday, Israel tightened its restrictions, warning against all forms of public gatherings, after unseasonably warm weather on Monday drew housebound families out to parks, beaches and other outside leisure places. A few people decided to get married, too.
“We have now published new guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the virus,” said Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov in a short public service video. “These are not simple guidelines, we are asking you, as much as possible, to remain in your house. You should only go out to work, if you are permitted to go to work, and for emergencies, to buy food and medications.”
In a televised address on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to the public again to be aware of the dangers and maintain distance from each other.
“Today I can say — love is keeping your distance. You love your dear ones? Maintain a distance from them. Maintain distance from family members as best you can,” he said.
Israel on Wednesday confirmed 427 cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. There have been no fatalities, though eight people are in serious condition.
The new guidelines announced over the weekend prompted many couples set to be married over the next few days or weeks to cancel their plans, but videos posted online showed some went ahead regardless — corona-style.
One video showed a couple marrying at a Jerusalem yeshiva with guests cheering and clapping from strategic positions on balconies overlooking the courtyard:
Another showed a couple marrying on a rooftop, with the band placed on a nearby roof.
Other short clips showed couples marrying in the streets in a bid to avoid the cap on the number of guests.
And one eager couple even surprised shoppers at a supermarket by walking down the aisle — the food aisle that is — in their wedding attire.