Q. One whose minhag is to make his own Havdala due to concerns of spacing out or another reason, can he make his own in the Nine Days or better be yotze with someone else to minimize drinking wine in this time?
A. One spacing out and unable to concentrate, thus in need to recite his own Havdalah, can do so using beer, coffee or tea during the Nine Days. He may also give the cup of wine to one that has the minhag to drink wine in Havdalah. or use grape juice and give the cup to a minor.
If he needs space for Covid separation, he may hear the Havdala from a far corner of a room wearing a mask.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a