17 March 2020 כ"א אדר תש"פ
Dear Kehilla Members
Following the Government’s updated guidelines, the Federation Beis Din is issuing the following rulings, applicable until further notice:
• Are aged 70 or over
• Have a long-term health condition
• Have a weakened immune system
• Are pregnant
should not attend Shul and should be particularly careful to refrain from social contact with others, even if those others are not showing symptoms of coronavirus.
People who have symptoms of coronavirus must stay at home for 7 days.
If someone with symptoms lives with other people, they must stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
Someone with symptoms who lives with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term health condition, has a weakened immune system or is pregnant, should try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Shuls should not hold large gatherings for minyonim. Minyonim may only take place if the Shul has sufficient space to allow for 2 metres on all sides between individuals.
Some Shuls may have already decided that it is preferable to cease minyonim altogether and it is possible that as the Government’s guidance evolves, all Federation Shuls may be closed.
Kiddushim or any other social gatherings should not take place, even in people’s homes.
Levaya and stone-setting services at cemeteries should take place outdoors by the graveside.
Weddings should not be postponed and should rather be held with a minimal number of people present (or as per the Government’s up-do-date guidance of the day) and as much as possible outdoors. Close contact dancing should not take place.
Shivas and Sholom Zochors should allow only small numbers of attendees (fewer than 10 people) at one time. Shivas should not hold minyonim.
Men’s mikvaos should not be used for the time being.
Kehillos and Chessed organisations should make sure they are aware of the location of all vulnerable individuals and those self-isolating and set up teams of people to be in regular contact and support them with shopping.
אִישׁ אֶת רֵעֵהוּ יַעְזֹרוּ וּלְאָחִיו יאֹמַר חֲזָק:
בברכת והסרתי מחלה מקרבך
Rabbi SF Zimmerman
Rov and Av Beis Din