The NHS in Leeds is urging people getting ready to observe the festival of Eid Al-Adha later this week to adapt traditional practices to protect themselves, their friends and families from coronavirus.
Leeds GP Dr Mohammed Sattar said: “Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are at greater risk (although the Muslim community is made up of many different nationalities) of being seriously ill if they catch the virus, so although lockdown is easing, it’s important we continue to follow guidance aimed at reducing the spread of the disease.
“Although mosques have now reopened, social distancing measures mean they are not able to welcome as many worshippers as before. Please find out what the arrangements are before attending.
“It’s also important not to gather in large groups in people’s homes. The fewer people we are in close contact with, the less chance we have of catching or spreading the virus. This is especially important if you live with older relatives or anyone with a health condition.
“All this may make Eid feel quite different, but it’s vital that we follow the guidance to keep our families and the wider Leeds community safe.”
As well as keeping a safe distance from people, regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of coronavirus. Face coverings also help, and these are now required on public transport and in all shops and takeaways.
If anyone in the household has any symptoms, including a high temperature, continuous cough or loss / change of sense of taste or smell, everyone must remain home.
Anyone with symptoms can get tested. – visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call NHS 119 to book an appointment at your nearest centre.
We wish all those celebrating a safe and happy Eid.
- For more information, including guidance on social distancing, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
- For health advice, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/