Tone Down the Music
by Eliezer Rauchberger
This past Monday (18 Tammuz), at a preliminary reading, the
Internal Affairs Committee of the Knesset approved a
proposal presented by MK Yuval Steinetz of the Likud. This
proposal prohibits excessive noise at celebration halls and
obligates hall proprietors to install decibel gauges so that
the noise level can be measured.
According to the proposal, the decibel gauge, as well as a
flickering warning light and a cut off of the loudspeaker
systems if the noise exceeds 90 decibels, must be installed
in every hall and garden where festive celebrations are
held. A hall which does not install such a gauge will be
ineligible for a permit.
Orchestras and band members, or anyone else who plays music
at such halls will also be fined if the halls in which they
perform lack decibel gauges.
The bill is only at the beginning of the parliamentary
process and the Government has not announced its position on