To whom it may concern:
For thousands of years, Jewish women have gone to great lengths to observe the mitzvah of Tevila, in order to assure the continuity of Klal Yisroel in purity. There were times in our history when great mesirus nefesh was needed for the observance of this precept. Be’zras Hashem in the merit of this mitzvah may Hashem shower a flow of brocha upon all involved, including mikveh attendants and users.
As we head towards Pesach, we remember that the redemption from Egypt was in the merit of the righteous Jewish women of that generation and pray that Hashem should likewise redeem us from this plague and from our current Galus.
ENHANCED HYGIENE RULES FOR MIKVEH TO PREVENT SPREAD OF CORONOVIRUS:
Women who have contracted the virus should not use the Mikveh until they have been cleared by a doctor.
Women who are in quarantine, please see original Beth Din guidelines attached:
• All women entering the Mikveh must wash their hands well with soap on entry.
• A safe distance must be maintained between women at all times. This includes the mikveh user and attendant.
• If women come by appointment only, appointments should be well spaced
• Women should prepare at home and use their own towels robes and bathmats. Therefore, bathrooms must be locked.
• If the toilet is needed, the bathroom may be unlocked for that purpose only, if there is no separate standalone toilet.
• Dressing/undressing to be done in the Tevila room only.
• Mikveh attendant to wear apron, (disposable rain ponchos can be used for this), gloves and a mask.
• There should be no physical contact between women and the Mikveh attendant at any time.
• Surfaces of the Mikveh should be sanitized between each use.
• Mikveh must be chlorinated.
• No products will be available.
• Anyone whose immunity is compromised should be given a first appointment.
• If someone comes unprepared, they must be asked to go home, prepare and come back.
For and on behalf of the Beth Din,
Rabbi Y Smith