By COLlive reporter
The gabboim that run the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights notified on Tuesday evening that the large shul will be closed “for a period of time,” due to the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement comes after 770 Gabbai Zalman Lipsker angrily brushed off questions by COLlive.com about the dangers posed by the crowds that keep frequenting 770.
His refusal was met with many concerned comments and private messages as the neighborhood reached shocking numbers of people infected by the virus, including some in critical condition.
In a notice on WhatsApp, 770’s main shul caretaker Yosef Y. Kratz plainly notified that the shul will be closed ”for a period of time.” His message did not specify for how long it would be closed.
Davening will now be held outdoors in the courtyard of 770 while keeping a safe social distance, as other shuls have already been implementing.
A person involved said the shul will close after Maariv which is at 9:30 PM on Tuesday.
Kratz added that there will be access to lockers where many store their Tallis and Tefillin.
The announcement follows another one made by the administration of the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch whose students learn at 770 on Tuesday.
They notified that the bochurim dormitory at 1414 President Street will be closed, including their dining room and kitchen. Bochurim were instructed to remove all their belongings from the building by Monday.