Wakefield Council is wishing Muslim residents a safe and happy Eid Al-Adha celebration on Friday.
This year Eid Al-Adha celebrations within the district will be different due to the coronavirus pandemic, as families may gather with one other household, and Wakefield’s mosques are open for a limited number of people.
Some faith leaders are using digital tools to bring worshippers together for prayers and sermons and people are encouraged to take advantage of these services where possible, to mark Eid Al-Adha safely.
Mosque leaders have recorded videos in English and Urdu, reminding people that although lockdown has eased, social distancing has not, and to avoid large gatherings and family visits to keep themselves and their communities safe. Muslim community members have also taken part in a question and answer session with Wakefield’s Director of Public Health Anna Hartley on staying safe during the pandemic.
Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We wish all our Muslim residents Eid Mubarak and thank you for your efforts to spread the word about social distancing, which is so important to keep everyone safe, including at times of celebration.”
Saj Hussain, President of Swafia Mosque in Wakefield, said: “Our first priority is keeping our communities safe and although we know it is hard, we want to remind people to celebrate virtually if they can. Our mosque is open and we are very strict about keeping to Government guidelines.”
The Government is reminding those celebrating at home to remember just one household can join them, and when meeting others to avoid hugs or shaking hands.
For further tips on celebrating safely visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-worship-safely
People who have symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – are advised to get a test immediately and isolate at home.
Those with symptoms should not invite anyone to their house, go to other houses or to the mosque, and should not prepare food for others.
The local testing service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 01924 224497. Or email the person’s name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so the booking team can get in touch.
If people cannot drive, or are too ill to travel, the team will arrange a testing visit to their home address.