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Recommendations for the Management and Maintenance of Mikvah for Women From Israels Department of Environmental Health Ministry of Health

On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization pronounced the Corona Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern(PHEIC). At this point, the activities of the Ministry of Health (in addition to the patient care) is focused on efforts to prevent the spread of this disease which is a serious public health danger.Following are recommendations for effective measures for the prevention of corona virus in the Mikveh

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Important Information about the COVID-19 Virus and Mikvah Use


Please forward to the appropriate parties in your community dealing with the ladies Mikvah:

Dear Mikvah Attendant/Manager,

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 around the world, with increased cases of patients in severe distress growing by the day, it is urgent that each Mikvah sets up strict sanitation protocols to enable our Mikvaos to remain open for use by healthy women.

To date, most mens’ mikvaos have been closed by the health departments, and it is only due to the extreme religious importance of a Womens’ Mikvah, in addition to the ability for a Women’s Mikvah to be *able* to more closely monitor sanitizing surfaces between users and control who attends that our Mikvaos have been allowed to remain open.

click here to download a sample protocol that has been distributed in Brooklyn to women inquiring about the safety of Mikvah use. With the guidance of the NY Health Department, and the Rabbonim in our community, we also have developed a more detailed protocol for our attendants to follow which must be adhered to, to ensure the safety of our women. It is urgent that the Mikvah staff are trained in how to properly sanitize between women and how to ensure safety for the attendants and the women arriving at Mikvah. We will forward the detailed list to you upon request; email and it will be forwarded to you.

Please use this sample to review the guidelines with your own Rabbonim and health departments and modify as needed for your state or country.

Together we can do our best to keep the Mikvah safe for our women to use, and to ensure that the Mitzvah of Taharas HaMishpacha is not affected by this current Gezeira.

May the merit of women around the world doing the utmost to keep this holy Mitzvah lead us to the ultimate redemption, with Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily in our days.