I would like to address the community regarding the worldwide epidemic of CoronaVirus. I am not a community leader, health professional, or a Rov of any sort. I am just a layman nervous that we aren’t doing enough.
I am certain that our elected officials, Chemed, Ocean County health officials, and Hatzolah are preparing and are planning plans if the virus hits our area. However, I think the community needs a little more direction, and guidelines, as precautions to help prevent the spread of this disease. If it were to come to the greater Lakewood area I am scared about how fast it can spread rachmana litzlan.
GER chassidus in Eretz Yisrael just sent out a message that their purim tish which is attended by thousands every year is cancelled this year due to Corona. Tokyo baseball games are being held in empty stadiums for fear of Corona spreading. Thousands of businesses worldwide have instructed their employees to temporarily work remotely and not come in to work. A few frum people have already been diagnosed with CoronaVirus in NY.
I am not trying to cause panic or scare in any which way. I am not saying that BMG, or any other shuls should cancel purim events. However some basic steps should be taken.
A few ideas may include;
Absolutely no hand-shaking to say good shabbos, or for any reason for the next 4 weeks.
No shuls should have shared towels near the bathrooms but should rather have single use paper-towels.
I think we should be promoting better hygiene by placing hand-sanitizers in common areas such as near restrooms, coffee stations, and at school entrances.
Last, schools, shuls and public places should be cleaned on a more frequent basis than they were before. An emphasis should be placed on the cleaning crew to spray toilet flush levers, faucet handles, and door handles.
I implore our community leaders to please place these or similar guidelines on the entire community.
May Hashem protect, and send a complete recovery to anyone infected, and bring an end to this machla.
May we all have a joyous, healthy, and uplifting purim, free of any sickness and disease!
Ah Freilichin Purim!