How Essex residents can practice their faith safely during pandemic
Faith groups across Essex have given advice on how communities can practice their faith and observe and celebrate religious events and festivals.
With Ascension Day, Eid-Al-Fitr and Shavout all coming up over the next week, faith leaders want to help communities celebrate with their loved ones while staying safe.
Many faith groups are holding virtual sessions for you to worship together while staying safe at home.
If you’re planning to send gifts to family and friends during the holy period of Eid, you can send your gifts in the post or make donations to local causes.
The Muslim Council of Britain has issued guidance and posters that Mosques and community leaders might find useful: https://mcb.org.uk/press-releases/eid-al-fitr-2020/
Faith and community representatives from across Essex, Southend and Thurrock will continue to discuss to hold discussions locally about the concerns and priorities of communities.
Partners across Essex have collaborated to provide support to people seeking bereavement support during a time when restrictions for mourning rituals and funerals are in place. Visit: https://www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus-and-faith/bereavement-support - support to access across Essex.
Chair of the Essex Resilience Forum, and Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Rick Hylton, said: “While there are still some restrictions in place that will affect how you would usually observe and celebrate religious events and festivals, we’re seeing lots of faith groups coming together to suggest ways we can still worship together.
“Whether you pray at home alone or with those you live with, or you join in with a virtual session, we want everybody to stay safe.
“Make sure to keep an eye on your food while cooking and stay alert to fire risks in your home. If you do leave the house for exercise or shopping, keep your distance from others and wash your hands as soon as you get back home.”