Health experts and Muslim leaders stress "stay at home for Ramadan"

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Thursday, 23 April, 2020

Ramadan begins today, 23 April, and will continue till around 23 May. Traditionally Ramadan is a time for communal prayer, spiritual reflection, and meals with extended family and friends to break daily fasts.

Public Health England has produced guidance for this time. This year the need to stop the spread of coronavirus means that people will need to make some changes to how they observe Ramadan. They stress that it's important to continue keeping to the government guidelines, which have been approved by many Muslim community organisations.

This means that you can only leave home to buy food, to get exercise, to get or give care, or to go to work if you can't work from home.

Some key points include:

  • You can use technology to keep in touch with other people, for example using social media or video. You can use these methods to socialise with friends, and also to take part in religious practices with others - faith leaders may have advice
  • If you have severe symptoms of coronavirus, you might consider not fasting - as with any serious illness
  • People with symptoms shouldn't prepare food for others for iftar or suhoor - even if the symptoms are mild

You can see the full guidance on the Public Health England website.

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