By COLlive reporter
All shuls and men’s mikvahs in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood were instructed to close as the coronavirus has infected many locals, including some in critical condition.
The new instruction was given on Tuesday evening by members of the Beis Din of Crown Heights – Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, Rabbi Yaacov Schwei and Rabbi Yosef Braun.
They wrote that “all shuls must be closed at this time” and that “all men’s mikvahs should be closed until further notice.”
Women’s mikvahs, where strict hygiene is kept, they instructed them to remain open and “follow medical guidelines about disinfecting as well (as) appropriate chlorine levels.”
They added that women who are ordered to be in quarantine should not use the mikvah “until they receive clearance.”
With many in the neighborhood suffering from the virus and in quarantine, residents criticized the lack of leadership in the community with little or insufficient instructions being given or implemented in the community.
As COLlive.com reported, philanthropist R’ Mendel Drizin, educator Rabbi Levi Goldstein, and other prominent members of the community as battling the virus and its respiratory complications.
This is the third notice that the Beis Din wrote on coronavirus. In the most recent one, they explained that “guidelines are based on current information regarding the circumstances within our community and is consistent with medical advice received from our medical professionals and Central Hatzalah of New York.”
2 hours before the Beis Din’s letter was circulated, Bais Shmuel-Chabad Congregation in Crown Heights notified that “all activities, classes and services, including Shabbos services at the Bais Shmuel Chabad, will be suspended until further notice.”
The shul’s leadership – Barry Grossman, M.D., Rabbi Levi Garelik and Rabbi Moshe Pinson – added that “If you are elderly or ill and in need of someone to pick up basic essentials and medicines for you, please contact one us as we have some volunteers that have offered to help.”
Earlier on Tuesday, COLlive.com reported that gabboim of the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway were refusing to close the shul despite crowds of residents and bochurim coming to daven and learn.
Their decision drew fierce criticism from many which led them to change their decision on Tuesday evening and notified that the main shul will indeed close and minyanim will be held outdoors in the courtyard.