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Local health leaders’ reminder on how to stay safe this Eid-al-Adha Posted on 31 Jul 2020

The Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha takes places between 30 July – 3 August. Health leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire are reminding residents to stay alert during celebrations.

It is more important than ever to make sure that families are staying safe for Eid al-Adha in Coventry and Warwickshire. Mosques have now reopened and are COVID-secure. This means that fewer people can attend than normal. Local health bosses are encouraging residents to find out how their local mosque is adapting and what measures are in place to ensure celebrations are COVID safe.

Dr David Spraggett, Chair at NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Residents in Coventry and Warwickshire have made huge sacrifices in the past few months and have adapted very well during this difficult time. However, we must not reverse these efforts and it is important we continue to keep our distance from those we do not live with. This Eid stay alert when you attend prayers and while spending time with family and friends.

“Some faith leaders will be using digital tools to bring worshippers together for prayers and sermons. We would encourage you to take advantage of these services where possible, to mark Eid-al-Adha safely.”

Dr Imogen Staveley, Deputy Chair at NHS Warwickshire North CCG added: “Eid will be celebrated differently this year and we thank you for everything you have done over recent months to help us fight the spread of the virus.

“During celebrations this weekend, it is still important to maintain social distancing, avoid hugging, shaking hands and to wash your hands more frequently for at least 20 seconds. Two households can meet indoors to celebrate or up to six people outdoors.”  

Dr Sarah Raistrick, Chair at NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG said: “Please continue to follow the guidance to protect yourselves, families, friends and relatives. Please stay safe and alert while enjoying this special time.”

If you have symptoms of coronavirus - a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - get a test immediately and isolate at home. You should not invite anyone to your house, go to other houses or the mosque, and you should not prepare food for others. Call 119 to book a test.

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