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Interesting Psak: Wearing Masks Near Other People

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Kikar is reporting that a group of rabbonim led by Rav Yitzchak Zilbershtein, Rav Siman, Rav Webber, among others, issued a psak today, Erev Yom Kippur 5781, regarding the wearing of masks.
According to the psak the opinion of the doctors and medical experts is that wearing masks does a lot toward bringing down the risk level of catching and spreading the CoronaVirus. Everyone is obligated to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose and thereby protect ourselves and our Jewish brethren near us.
Not doing so, they say, will cause great damage to the existence of torah and tefilla as a result of spreading the virus further.
Everyone must wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose and must wear it the entire time one is in close proximity to other people, and this obligation is like all other obligations on a Jewish person.
They add, and this is the first time I have seen a rabbi discuss this, that even people who already had CoronaVirus and have recuperated must also wear a mask when near other people, due to this being a decree for the public.
gmar chasima tova
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