It’s now been a week since beer gardens, gyms, non-essential shops and hairdressers have reopened, amongst many other businesses, to which many of us turn for our leisure activities. We’ve seen pictures across the news of determined folk sat out in the rain and even snow to get their first pint or plate of ‘pub grub’, and it’s certainly been a rush to get in for those haircuts. All in all, a very welcome step forward for many.
The Holy month of Ramadan also began last Monday and will end on the evening of Wednesday, 12 May. During the Holy month, observing Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk for 30 days – this is known as fasting.
Many of you will realise that this means the Holy month of Ramadan is taking place during a key time in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Some observing Muslims will be invited to receive their first or second dose during this time and we know that this may cause some uncertainty over breaking the fast. We are working with GPs, community and faith leaders, councils and providers to provide guidance and reassurance to our local Muslim communities on this matter.
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