Hampshire County Council is urging residents observing the holy holiday of Ramadan to continue adhering to the Government’s direction to stay at home and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
All places of worship across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including mosques, are currently closed to the public, in accordance with the Government’s social distancing policy. These arrangements will remain in place as Ramadan commences on 23 April 2020.
Councillor Andrew Joy, the County Council’s Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, said:
I know and understand that this is a very important time of communal fasting, prayer and reflection for Muslims across our region, and that many people will feel disappointed at not being able to meet in person with family and friends. There may be the temptation to invite people to homes and to venture out and be with others in the community – but please avoid this. Instead, I would urge anyone observing Ramadan to use digital technology to gather and connect virtually during this time.
Coronavirus can affect any of us, at any time – no-one is immune, and the consequences are often very serious. We need to slow its spread to save lives. So, please don’t travel unnecessarily – stay at home, stay safe and protect your friends and loved ones.
People from all faiths across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight are encouraged to stay connected, congregate and pray together via video chat apps, and by checking in with local places of worship to find services online. Share ideas for observing religious holidays while in quarantine on social medial with the hashtag #StayatHomeHero
The Muslim Council of Britain has published guidance for Ramadan 2020 under Lockdown.