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City council urges residents to stay safe during Ramadan

Published: Thursday, 8th April 2021

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is urging residents observing the holy month of Ramadan to continue following the latest coronavirus guidance.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is urging residents observing the holy month of Ramadan to continue following the latest coronavirus guidance.

Ramadan is one of the most revered months of the year for Muslims, and it is scheduled to begin on or around Monday, April 12 this year. Muslims believe that through fasting, one is able to strengthen the relationship with Allah (God) and it is a way to become more compassionate to those in need. This year, Ramadan will again be different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

All residents are being encouraged to continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space message, take part in regular testing and to only socially meet up outdoors in public places or private gardens in groups of six people or two households. Muslim residents are also being urged to check with their local Mosque the Covid-secure measures in place and how they can safely attend.

Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “It is unfortunate that our Muslim communities will once again be unable to observe Ramadan in ways in which they usually would, but now more than ever it’s important for all of us to continue to follow the rules – the harder we work now, the more chance we have of being able to hit those future milestones on the Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown.

“There are still plenty of ways for people to observe Ramadan safely and effectively, and I know that Mosques across our city will be willing to offer advice and support with this.

“We all need to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities by not mixing households, remembering to wash our hands regularly, wear face coverings indoors and keep a two-metre distance from people outside of our households. It’s also really important to get tested regularly – especially if you are out and about in your community – to ensure you are not spreading the virus, as one in three people with coronavirus do not show any symptoms.”

Muslim communities are also being reassured that getting a coronavirus test or receiving a coronavirus vaccination during Ramadan does not break the fast, and the vaccination is safe to receive.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones director of adult social care, health integration and wellbeing, said: “Coronavirus tests and vaccinations are vital to us overcoming and recovering from this dreadful virus. I want to reassure our residents who will be observing Ramadan that having a coronavirus test or receiving a vaccination does not break the fast.

“If you are invited to go for your first or second vaccination dose during Ramadan, then please do take up this offer to protect yourselves, your families and your communities. The vaccine is safe to have – it does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products.

“We have come so far, and we need to continue to all work together to keep driving our coronavirus infection rates down. Please do not mix households indoors, stick to the rule of six or two households meeting outdoors, and keep getting tested regularly. If you want to know more about how you can observe Ramadan while following the restrictions, please do contact your local Mosque who will be happy to help you.

“Please have a happy and safe Ramadan, and continue to look after yourselves and one another.”

Councillor Brown added: “I’d like to wish our residents who are observing Ramadan, a Ramadan Mubarak, and please stay safe.”

For more information on community coronavirus testing, please visit https://www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test or https://www.stoke.gov.uk/communitycollect

The Muslim Council of Britain also offers guidance on observing Ramadan this year. Please visit https://mcb.org.uk/resources/ramadan/ for more information.

Please also follow advice available on the NHS, gov.uk and Public Health England websites.

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