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Muslim leaders urge community to stay home during Ramadan

Social distancing rules are being supported by a wide variety of Muslim communities including the Manchester Council of Mosques

As all places of worship remain closed during lockdown, health experts and Muslim leaders stress that staying at home during Ramadan will play an important part in the nation’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The holy month of Ramadan began on Thursday (23 April) and the council is urging those taking part in the festival to continue to adhere to Government guidelines regarding social distancing to help limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Ramadan is an important celebration in the Muslim calendar where friends and family come together. However, staying home socially isolating plays an invaluable role in slowing down the spread of the coronavirus.

This will mean adapting the usual religious and cultural practices during the holy month to keep our communities safe.

The Greater Manchester Council of Mosques supports this approach, urging all worshipers to remain at home and avoid praying in large groups.

“First and foremost I would like to send my very best wishes to all those celebrating Ramadan,” said Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Deputy Leader.

“It is such a special time of year for so many of our residents, but it can not go without saying that for many this Ramadan will be unique due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite the challenges I am confident that those celebrating will do so responsibly and by staying at home.

“To all those taking part in the festival, Ramadan Mubarak”

Stay at home for Ramadan

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

To find out more information on how you can stay safe whilst still making the most of Ramadan at home visit the Public Health England website.

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