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Plea for restraint as Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated

31 July 2020

Muslims across Greater Birmingham who are currently celebrating Eid-ul-Adha have been reminded of the need to still follow government guidance on Covid-19.

And the call for restraint by avoiding large gatherings is underlined by increases in coronavirus cases being reported in predominantly Asian areas.

The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah SWT and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.

Qasim Majid (pictured), president of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), said: “It is important that government guidelines relating to Covid-19 are observed, particularly at this critical time in our fight against the pandemic.

“We can still make Eid-ul-Adha a joyous occasion but it would be wrong to put at risk all of the hard work that is being done locally and nationally to fight coronavirus.”

All businesses have been reminded that they still have a major part to play in preventing the spread of Covid-19 as the government first ordered that people who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms must now isolate for at least 10 days, rather than seven, and has, last night, announced a ban on separate households from meeting each other indoors in locations across northern England.

The developments, announced by health secretary Matt Hancock, come after reports of a spike in cases in several European countries, and concerns about the same happening in parts of England as a result of people not observing social distancing rules.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), of which the ABCC is part, said: “It is important that we get the economy moving again but nothing would be more harmful to businesses than a second spike in Covid cases and further lockdowns.

“The imposition of new lockdown measure in the north of England is a stark reminder that this crisis is far from over and underlines the continuing need for vigilance.

“Businesses must play their part in helping prevent the spread of Covid-19 through following Covid-secure guidance and engaging with Test, Track and Trace.”

Businesses have been issued a reminder about how to report suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Public Health England say firms should contact them as soon as a case is identified in staff or customers.

It should be reported to Public Health England as soon as possible by ringing 0344 225 3560 and pressing 0 then option 2. In most cases linked to businesses it will be picked up by the national contact tracing system.

However, reporting a suspected or confirmed case in a business as soon as possible means that Public Health can support the firm to contain and avoid spread.  

Public Health will go through a risk assessment with affected businesses to understand who might have been exposed, who needs testing or isolation and any additional steps like cleaning needed.

You should only meet people you do not live with in three types of groups:

  • you can continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households
  • single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
  • you can also meet in a group of 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

For full Government guidance, click here

The GBCC has published a range of briefings on how businesses can keep their workforce and workplaces safe - find out more here.

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