By COLlive reporter
With the outbreak of coronavirus in the Crown Heights neighborhood, members of the Bais Din of Crown Heights issued an emergency ruling in an effort to halt the spread of the disease.
Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, Rabbi Yaacov Schwei and Rabbi Yosef Braun wrote that “It is absolutely forbidden for anyone over the age of 65, or with underlying health conditions, to attend Shul, Mikvah, or any other public place.”
The letter dated Monday began by stating that “A fire is burning in our community.” They added that “due to the urgency of the matter, we haven’t had the opportunity to procure written signatures for this document.”
The 3 rabbis stressed that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, as well as any health condition or above the age of 65, “must remain home at this time. This is a matter of Sakonas Nefashos – danger to life.”
COVID-19 has reached epidemic proportions in the Crown Heights community, with many people affected, medical professionals have said.
The Departement of Health guidelines state that for all those presumed infected, stay home for at least one week after onset of symptoms or 72 hours after fever abates, whichever of the two is longer.
If symptoms are not improving after 5-7 days and especially if you’re feeling worse, in particular with shortness of breath, you must seek help.
“Going to shul or mikvah under these circumstances is a mitzvah ha’baah ba’aveira (a Mitzvah performed through sin) and one who does so is violating the Mitzvah of ונשמרתם מאוד לנפשותיכם,” the rabbis concluded in their letter.