Different communities are at different stages of the outbreak, and therefore a general guideline for women’s mikvah may not be applicable to our community.
For our local Crown Heights community:
As per recent directives from our local Rabbonim and Doctors,
ALL MIKVAH PREPARATIONS are now to be done at home, including the final shower.
If you do not have a bathtub available at home, please consult with your Rav as to how to prepare. Your final inspection & combing of hair can be done at the Mikvah
The following are considered symptoms of COVID:
Shortness of breath
New muscle aches (not explained by anything else)
New profound weakness (not explained by anything else)
Loss of smell/taste
If you have any of these symptoms, you cannot go to Mikvah.
If you are recovering from these symptoms, the current guidelines are that you must be FREE of symptoms for over 72 hours (and over 7 days from onset of symptoms) before you can go to Mikvah. If you are outside of this 7 day/72 hour window except for persistent loss of smell/taste or mild lingering cough, you can go to Mikvah but it is recommended that you please wear a mask until you are ready to toivel.
If you are well according to the above, but are exposed to someone who is ill, you MAY go to Mikvah.
The Cdc currently assumes all Nyc residents have been exposed & can be A symptomatic ( they still allow you to go to the supermarket etc ) as long as the recommended guidlines of social distancing are kept. They are now recommending everyone wear gloves & mask when exiting the house. We at the mikva are doin evrything we can to abide by all required protocols of social distancing & disinfecting between each user.
If you have any further questions, please call the Gedaliah Society hotline 212-901-2000 (you can stay anonymous).
They can answer all mikvah related questions.
If you have any further questions or concerns or need to talk to a staff member feel free to contact
Rivka Sara Chein
718 288 4960
Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka
718 221 0221
Leave a message, we will get back to you shortly.
If based on the above guidelines you cannot go to the mikvah and need Halachic guidance please contact your Rav.
The above applies to those women seeking to go to Mikvah. Procedural guidelines for the mikvaos themselves should continue to be followed.