By COLlive reporter
Shachris morning davening at the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights once again saw a diverse crowd of people with Tallis and Tefillin on Tuesday morning.
Only, Crown Heights is in midst of the severe Coronavirus outbreak and many are worried about the consequences.
The gabboim of the shul hung up a sign Tuesday morning, forbidding anyone 65 and older, who are the most vulnerable to being infected, from entering the shul.
And in a public letter, members of the Beis Din of Crown Heights warned that those who have virus symptoms or a weakness of any kind should not be going to any shul.
But some local residents are worried that isn’t enough and are concerned that with the rapid spread of the virus in the neighborhood, 770 should be closed and follow the regulation of the CDC not to allow crowds of 10 and over.
COVID-19 has reached epidemic proportions in the Crown Heights community as well as in other frum neighborhoods, with many people affected, medical professionals have said.
“They close 770 to clean it for Simchas Torah and to clean it for Pesach, and we daven outside without issues – why can’t they do the same now when people’s lives on are the line,” one resident told COLlive.com.
On the other hand, one bochur who was sitting and learning at 770 told COLlive: “I’m not concerned at all. Anyone who can get it (has) already got it.”
Contacted by COLlive.com, 770 gabbai R’ Zalman Lipsker was adamant that the large shul will not be closing, and angrily brushed off concerns. “770 will be open until Moshiach,” Lipsker said on Tuesday afternoon.
The gabboim operating the 770 shul represent Congregation Lubavitch Inc. which runs independently of Lubavitch World Headquarters – Agudas Chassidei Chabad and Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.
Update: Following the article on COLlive.com, the gabboim of the Main Shul of 770 Eastern Parkway made an about-face and notified that doors will be closed because of the spread of coronavirus. Full Story