On behalf of Warwickshire County Council, we’d like to wish all Muslims across Warwickshire a peaceful and safe Ramadan.
As we are in unusual circumstances and all doing our part to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrating Ramadan and Eid this year will be different for many.
Usually a time of coming together and celebrating with family and friends, keeping yourself and loved ones well during Eid this year will mean adapting usual religious and cultural practices. This is particularly important for protecting vulnerable people who are shielding because of underlying health conditions as well as family, friends and carers of those who are most vulnerable. National data also shows that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are more likely to suffer more severe symptoms from Covid-19 and we’d particularly like to remind members of the Muslim community to continue with their diligence by following the social distancing rules on this day of celebration.
This Ramadan we ask that everyone:
- Observe Ramadan at home, do not go to visit family or friend’s houses or meet them outside your home
- Pray at home with people you share your home with and do not attend any Mosque or other family or friends houses to pray
- Do not leave the house to distribute food but donate online or via foodbanks instead
- We encourage you to connect with family and friends virtually, for example, through video calls. This is a better way to stay safe and protect others while sharing the special day of Eid with others.
- Cemeteries are open but do consider attending on an alternative day to help lower the number of people attending and ensure that social distancing rules can be followed.
Current advice asks everyone to continue to stay alert and stay safe, this means staying at home as much as possible and only leaving home to:
- Go to work, where you cannot work from home
- Go to the shops for essential items but trying to limit how many times you visit.
- Exercise or spend time outdoors. One person from each household can meet with one person from another household outside and maintain 2 metres distance at all times. This must only be two people in total meeting outside; one from each household.
- Any medical need, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
When you are outside your home, try to stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household
For further advice about how to stay safe during Eid, you can view the Resource Pack from Warwickshire Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP)