- We are compelled to reaffirm our previous statement (made on 3/22 – 26 Adar), that no one should bring family or friends from out of town to Cleveland for Pesach this year. Unfortunately, this includes not bringing parents, or even children, that will instead have to make Yom Tov for themselves. This difficult decision was made in conjunction with local health experts, and is being treated as a matter of pikuach nefashos. This policy has been adopted by national organizations as well (https://agudah.org/joint-statement-to-the-orthodox-community-regarding-pesach). Any exception granted previously by a Rov has been rescinded, and is no longer relevant.
- Individuals and families should also not travel to other cities for Yom Tov, as it would endanger our community upon return.
- We also urge families not to invite local guests. Those who find themselves in extremely difficult circumstances, may self-quarantine for 14 days, and spend Yom Tov with someone local who has done the same. Please discuss this matter with your Rov and physician, and check back for updates as guidelines are constantly changing.
- We remind Yeshiva Bochurim who returned home to adhere to the guidelines mandated by health officials, and we plead with those who have been exposed to the virus to self-quarantine.
- Additionally, cleaning help should not be brought into the home at this time, as it may bring added exposure to this dangerous virus.
May we merit Yeshuos and Refuos soon and a Chag Kasher V’Sameach,
Va’ad HaRabbonim of Greater Cleveland