Israel announced sweeping new restrictions on Friday in response to a\u00a0new surge in coronavirus cases, including weekend closures of many businesses and limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery.\r\nThe government announced the restrictions after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said \u201cinterim steps\u201d were needed to avoid another general lockdown. Netanyahu has faced widespread criticism and protests in recent days over his government\u2019s handling of the pandemic and the economic fallout from an earlier lockdown.\r\n\r\n\r\nGyms and exercise studios will be closed except for use by competitive athletes. Restaurants will no longer be allowed to have on-site seating and beaches will be closed on weekends beginning later this month.\r\nStores, malls, barber shops, beauty salons and tourist sites will also be closed on weekends. Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people indoors or 20 outside. The Cabinet approved the new measures pending approval by the Knesset, Israel\u2019s parliament, but said they would take effect Friday evening with violations considered a criminal offense.\r\nBy late May, Israel had largely contained its outbreak following a two-month lockdown. But cases have\u00a0soared in the weeks since restrictions were lifted, with Israel reporting around 1,900 new cases on Thursday alone. At least 384 people have died since the outbreak began, out of a total of more than 45,000 cases.