UK Chief Rabbi warns community to strictly follow government guidelines on High Holidays

The Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. Ephraim Mirvis. warned to the Jewish community to strictly follow government guidelines on public gatherings during the High Holidays or “risk posing a danger to the lives of others”.

The warning came after British PM Boris Johnson imposed new restrictions to fight the flow of Covid-19 transmission, making it illegal to gather in groups of more than six.

“As we enter into the forthcoming High Holy Days, sadly here in the UK, as is the case in many other places around the globe, cases of Covid-19 are on the rise and this is primarily due to irresponsibility – the responsibility that people have towards themselves and others,” Rabbi Mirvis said.

His message comes in wake of mortality figures which show just three Jewish deaths in the past two months. More than 300 funerals took place in April at the peak of the crisis.

The coronavirus has caused the death of more than 500 members of the Jewish community and over 40,000 across the country.


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