Israel is starting to open up its domestic tourism industry and lift strict restrictions across the country amid a “sustained drop” in new coronavirus infections.

Any relaxation by mid-June will be in accordance with new hygiene and health and safety guidelines, according to the Israel Government Tourist Office.

The government outlined the exit strategy from the Covid-19 crisis, including a gradual and responsible return to normality, while controlling the pandemic.

Bed and breakfast accommodation, especially in the rural tourism areas, will resume operations for domestic tourism, provided they follow new guidelines.

Parks and nature reserves, gyms, outdoor sports, stores, shopping malls, museums, swimming pools and amusement parks are re-opening this month, subject to guidelines.

Theatres, cinemas, restaurants and competitive sports will return to activity by mid-June.

Proposals for opening beaches at Tel Aviv will include social distancing and limiting numbers using public bathrooms alongside temperature checks.

Mayor Ron Huldai said: “After many weeks of closure, the people of Israel need a bit of air.

“The beaches offer entertainment for the public at an affordable price.

“As we witnessed in the past few weeks, the public is eager to return to the beach.

“The layout we presented is a model that can be implemented and it meets all the requirements set by the Israel Ministry of Health.”