Coronavirus: Removing gel manicure
16 March, 2020
I’m supposed to go to the mikveh tonight. The thing is, I have a gel manicure and the health authorities have shut down the manicurists. I’ve tried removing these in the past on my own, but it’s really tough and inevitably I’ll miss something, so I have it professionally removed. My current manicure is in pretty good shape. Can I tovel with it?
Ideally, especially if this is your typical practice, you would remove the gel manicure prior to immersion. In this case, though, where you can’t do that well on your own and the manicure is in good shape, you should fill in and repair your manicure as well as possible, clean your nails very carefully, and immerse. You should check in with your mikveh attendant in advance about this to ensure that mikveh policies will allow for immersion in line with this halachic ruling.
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