Israel To Host Miss Universe Contest Despite Omicron

PARIS, France – Israel will host the Miss Universe beauty pageant in the Red Sea resort of Eilat on Dec.12, despite imposing travel restrictions to try to stave off the Omicron coronavirus variant, Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said on Sunday.

On Saturday Israel announced it would ban foreigners from entering the country, lengthen quarantines for citizens and residents returning from abroad and reinstate controversial cellphone surveillance designed to track infections.

However, Razvozov on Sunday said that Miss Universe participants would be granted waivers while possibly undergoing PCR testing every 48 hours and other precautionary measures.

‘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’, he told reporters before the weekly cabinet meeting, where ministers were due to vote on the anti – Omicron measures.

‘We will know hot to manage this event. So, by using the waivers committee, we will have events like this, to which the country already committed itself and cannot cancel’.