Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Joël Lion has called on the Hasidim not to go on a pilgrimage to the Ukrainian town of Uman amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"The Torah tells us to stay as far away from danger as possible. Because of the pandemic, we urge you to comply with local government guidelines. Amid the quarantine period, stay at home," says a joint appeal by the Ambassador, Uman Mayor Oleksandr Tsebriy, Ukraine's Chief Rabbi Moshe Azman and Uman's Chief Rabbi Yakiv Dzhan.
Police will monitor compliance with the restrictions and may fine for quarantine violations.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a wife and two children of a U.S. pilgrim who had died in Uman were tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. He and his family of six arrived in Uman from London on March 11.