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Thank you for all you are doing to keep your community safe from Covid-19. We have put together important messages about Covid-19 and how to continue to keep people and communities safe during Ramadan.

Covid-19 is still circulating and it is still possible to catch and spread the virus.  It is spread by physical contact with others and from infected surfaces/touchpoints such as doorhandles.

People from an ethnic background are at higher risk of catching the virus and developing serious disease.  Working in a job that has regular contact with lots of different people also increases the risk of catching the virus.  These risks are real and many people have lost family and friends to this highly contagious disease.

For these reasons we urge everyone to:

Wash your hands

Wash hands regularly and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds each time and cover all parts of the hand – palms, back of hands, fingers, fingernails

Cover your face

Wear a face covering - when inside a public place and on public transport (compulsory) except if you are exempt for medical reasons

Make space

Keep your distance – when with others from outside your household maintain a 2 metre distance

Let fresh air in

Ventilate – open windows and let fresh air circulate when with others inside buildings

Get tested

Test – if you don’t have symptoms you get an rapid symptom-free test so that you know whether you have the virus – Public Health recommend having a test twice a week so that you can protect your family, community and yourself.   

If you do have any one of the main symptoms of Covid – a high temperature, persistent cough, loss or change in taste or smell, or if you feel generally unwell – get a standard Covid-19 test.

More information on testing.

 

If you test positive for Covid-19

It is really important if you get a positive test result that you act to protect your family, friends and community by self isolating (staying at home) with your family/household.  It is also important to let people know who you have been in recent contact with – family. Friends, work colleagues etc. so that they can also act to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 

Self isolation –means that you stay at home for 10 days.  You should spend as much time on your own as possible in your house – in a separate room away from the rest of your household.  Your household must also stay at home for 10 days. 

More information about the support available if you're self isolating.

Get the vaccine

Vaccinate – when you get your invitation, please accept and book an appointment to get the vaccine

During Ramadan – please be assured that you can take a Covid-19 test and you can receive the Covid-19 vaccination without breaking the fast.

There is no need to delay your vaccination if your appointment date falls during Ramadan.

The vaccination is given into the muscle and does not have any nutritional value so therefore doesn’t nullify the fast.  Most people experience side effects which are usually mild.  If you experience them and feel the need to use medication to manage them the rule of not being able to fast due to illness applies.

There is more information, advice and resources from the BIMA.

View a helpful infographic regarding testing and vaccination during Ramadan.

Other important matters to make people aware of:

Travel – there are restrictions on where you can travel internationally and what happens when you return.  There is a list of countries, called red countries, from which travel is restricted and those arriving from those countries need to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.  Further information from the UK Government.

From 9 April 2021 Pakistan and Bangladesh have been added to the list.