This Eid Al-Adha it is more important than ever to make sure you, your loved ones and those around you stay safe.
Whilst many lockdown restrictions have been lifted, we should remember that COVID-19 is still active and as such, some guidelines remain in place.
- You should not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction
- You should not socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household)
- You should not interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law.
Whilst many places of worship including mosques have now reopened, they will be Covid secure. This means that fewer people can attend than normally would. Therefore, please find out how your mosque is adapting by contacting them in advance by calling or emailing.
Some faith leaders continue to use digital tools to bring worshippers together for prayers and sermons and we would encourage you to take advantage of these services where possible, to mark Eid-Al-Adha safely.
Dr Azma Ali, local GP, said: “We have all made huge sacrifices over the past few months and I know how hard it has been for you and your families.
“Sadly, COVID-19 is still active so it’s important that we all continue to do all we can to keep each other safe.
“The Muslim Council of Britain has worked with the British Islamic Medical Association to produce advice on how best Muslims can celebrate Eid al-Adha safely this weekend and in accordance with public health guidance in England. Please visit https://mcb.org.uk/.
She added: “I hope that this time next year we will be able to celebrate as we normally do. In the meantime please stay safe and Eid Mubarak.”