Posted on Sunday 26th July 2020
Celebrate the festival of Eid Al Adha safely to help stop the spread of Covid-19 – that’s the message to the Muslim community in Burton this week.
Public health experts, faith leaders and the community are working together to find new and different ways of observing the festival in a way that supports social distancing and avoids large gatherings.
The message comes as fresh guidance is issued to all places of worship in the Anglesey, Shobnall, Horninglow and Eton Park areas of Burton, where there have been 58 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since 4 July.
Mosques in Burton are making special arrangements to support safe Eid celebrations. They include:
- Checking visitors’ temperatures and providing hand sanitisers and masks
- Holding multiple prayer congregations to limit the number of people who come together at a time
- Not allowing under 18s, the over 65s or people with underlying health conditions to attend the mosque, to protect their health
- Broadcasting prayers and messages via radio to local people
The main messages to people and businesses in Burton ahead of Eid are:
- Maintain social distancing with no handshakes or hugs for anyone who does not live with you
- Pray at home or outside if you can, especially if you are over 65 or have a health condition
- Do not visit other homes or allow visitors to come into your home this Eid
- Wear face masks in all enclosed public spaces
- No more than two people from the same household should meet with another household – either indoors or outdoors
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care, said:
“We know how important Eid al Adha celebrations are to the Muslim communities, but it is important not to let our guard down when it comes to the spread of Covid-19.
“The greatest gift you can give your loved ones this year is to protect their health by following guidance to prevent the spread of infection.
“We have already seen an incredible response from people in Shobnall, Anglesey, Horninglow and Eton Park in the last two weeks, and I thank everyone for uniting to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“There will be plenty of opportunities in the future for families to celebrate, to visit and hug their loved ones, but for now let’s keep everyone safe.”
Zahid Ali, Trustees Chairman at Princess Street Masjid said
“We will endeavour to cooperate and work with all authorities & Masjids. We greatly urge everyone to follow the guidelines to beat the virus and save our loved ones.”