By COLlive reporter
An unprecedented public letter was written by 35 Orthodox rabbis and 9 medical professionals in Florida in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus in their communities.
They are demanding of New Yorkers and Jews of other states not to visit.
“To all those from out of state considering spending Pesach here in Florida: It’s Halachically prohibited and medically irresponsible to come for Pesach,” they wrote in their letter on Thursday.
The Sunshine State has been a popular destination for many frum Jews to spend the 8-day holiday. The warm climate, area attractions and access to kosher food and institutions has led many from the Tri-State area and elsewhere to join the Pesach programs in hotels or rent villas there.
But the rabbis and doctors said that the Florida health care system is currently overburdened and an influx of new patients can lead to deaths. “In addition to being a chillul Hashem, we have a Halachic requirement to keep our communities safe,” they said.
They added, “If you choose to come anyways, jeopardizing the lives of many in Florida, you must quarantine for 14 days. This means no leaving the house, no excursions, no beach, no pool, no restaurants, etc.
They informed that local Shuls, Mikvahs, restaurants, Chabad Houses, organizations and other establishments “will not be able to accommodate you for davening, mikvah, meals, tickets to parks or similar.”