As the number of COVID-19 infections in the Crown Heights community continues to rise, the Gabboim of 770 posted signs on the Shul doors forbidding those over the age of 65 to enter the Shul.
Yesterday, the Crown Heights Beis Din issued an ‘Emergency Notice’ late Monday with strict guidelines for community members over 65 or those showing coronavirus symptoms.
“A fire is burning in our community רח”ל. It is absolutely אסור (forbidden) for anyone over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions to attend shul, mikvah, weddings or any other public places. They must remain home at this time. This a matter of סכנת נפשות (dangerous to lives). The same applies to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.” they wrote.
“Going to shul or mikvah under the circumstances is a מצוה הבאה בעבירה and one who does so is violating the mitzvah of ונשמרתם מאוד לנפשותיכם” the letter continues.