# 3169 A Close Shave

Q. I recently became a caregiver for a few elderly patients that require help and are high risk for Covid contamination. I have to use a double mask, but it is ineffective since I have a large beard that I have grown for many years. Can I cut it very short for the time being, until this gezeira ra’a (bad decree) goes away? Do I have to be Matir Neder?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that since the beard is not completely shaved off, in times of need it is permitted and no Hatoras Nedorim is required.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a

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