The main shul at 770 Eastern Parkway will fully reopen this Monday, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, in time for Gimmel Tammuz, Anash.org has learned.
By Anash.org reporter
The main shul at 770 Eastern Parkway will reopen to crowds of hundreds this Monday, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June 22nd, Anash.org has learned.
The move comes as New York City enters Phase II of reopening. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the move during the week, even though they had previously sparred over the exact date for the move.
Phase Two will allow a wider range of businesses to reopen, including: offices, outdoor dining, and storefront retailers and businesses in the professional-services, finance and insurance, administrative support, and real-estate and rental-leasing industries. Salons and barbershops will be also able to reopen with limited capacity, as will car dealerships. For retail, malls will remain closed. Places of worship are allowed to open at 25% capacity.
In keeping with the rules, the crowd at 770 will still be limited to approximately 300 people at one time, thirty times the amount that is allowed during Phase I.
With Gimmel Tammuz approaching, thousands of Crown Heights residents are expected to visit 770. While rabbonim, doctors and hatzala have asked guests not to travel to Crown Heights, some Chabad Chassidim have nonetheless said they will be coming as well, raising the question how 770 will control the crowds.
Sources told Anash.org that a meeting is planned, to take place at the first possible opportunity, with the participation of 770’s gabboyim and other involved parties to plan the exact details of the reopening and the plans for Gimmel Tammuz.