Muslim communities urged to celebrate Eid safely at the end of Ramadan
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From this evening, the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end and Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the religious festival of Eid -Al-Fitr over Wednesday 12 May and Thursday 13 May.
Unfortunately, there are still Coronavirus restrictions in place during Eid-Al-Fitr meaning that families cannot meet indoors and there are limits on the numbers allowed to meet outdoors.
Due to this guidance has been released by the Muslim Council of Britain to give top tips for celebrating a safe Eid, including:
• Avoid large gatherings and stick to government guidelines where you’re located – this means only two households or groups of six meeting outdoors and no socialising in one another’s home
• Eid in outdoor parks should be arranged in advance if choosing to do one
• Pre-register for any indoor mosque visits to avoid overcrowding
• Give your Zakat al Fitr (a charitable donation given at the end of Ramadan) online
It is also suggested that holding virtual celebrations and sharing meals over a video call with friends and family and sending presents online will make sure that social distance is maintained. This will be one of the best ways to keep safe this Eid.
Places of worship, including mosques, cannot hold large gatherings for prayer or feasting under the current Covid-19 restrictions as numbers are restricted. Some mosques may offer online prayer services to mark the end of Ramadan.
From May 17, people in England can meet indoors with up to six people or two households, pubs and restaurants can serve customers indoors and social contact, like hugs, is permitted.
To everyone out there celebrating Eid, we would like to say Eid Mubarak on behalf of Wiltshire Police.