As New York City inches closer to Phase 2 reopening, the Gabboim of 770 are exploring ways to legally maximize capacity. “We are potentially looking at a few hundred” Anash.org was told.
By Anash.org reporter
As the full reopening of shuls moves closer, the gabboyim of the main shul at 770 Eastern Parkway are preparing for the resumption of tens of minyonim with hundreds of participants.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the reopening of Shuls and other religious buildings will be shifted from Phase 4 to phase 2 in the state’s reopening plan. Upon entering Phase 2, shuls and other religious buildings will be allowed to operate with 25% of their usual capacity.
Even as most of New York State enters Phase 2, New York City only enters Phase 1 on Monday, meaning that there will be, at minimum, two weeks before Phase 2 begins.
770 caretaker Reb Yosef Yitzchak Kratz told Anash.org that the Gabboim of 770 are actively preparing for Phase 2 reopening, and are exploring options on how to legally maximize capacity.
Before determining how many people would be allowed into 770, first the legal full capacity must be ascertained, and then a quarter of that number would be allowed in.
“Precise numbers still remain unclear,” he said, “but we are potentially looking at a few hundred. My best guess would be between 250-300 people in the building at once.”