Israel will host Miss Universe contest next month despite Omicron, minister says

Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said Sunday that Israel will host the Miss Universe pageant on December 12 despite imposing travel restrictions in a bid to stave off the Omicron coronavirus.

He said that the candidates, who will be held in the Red Sea resort of Eliat, will be granted waivers from the curbs while possibly being subject to PCR testing every 48 hours and other precautionary measures.

Razvozov told reporters, “This is an event that will be broadcast in 174 countries, a very important event, an event that Eilat, too, is very much in need of. We will know how to manage this event. So, by using the waivers committee, we will have events like this, to which the country has already committed itself and which we cannot cancel.”

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