Last Updated 10:00am, 23 April 2020
Places of worship will remain closed for the current time
The government’s current stay at home and social distancing rules apply to all UK citizens and are supported by a wide variety of Muslim community organisations including the British Board of Scholars and Imams.
During Ramadan you should only leave your home for one of four reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape the risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
Traditionally Ramadan is a time for communal prayer, spiritual reflection, meals with extended family and friends to break daily fasts, and concludes with the community celebration of Eid-Al Fitr. Whilst staying at home throughout the holy month will be challenging, it is necessary to protect the NHS and save lives.
Thank you for observing Ramadan at home: by doing so, you are helping to protect the NHS and save lives.
Further information and resources
You can find further information about good practice at this time from Public Health England. If you are active in a Muslim community, you may find the ‘Ramadan at Home’ banners and images developed by Public Health England useful for sharing on social media, emails and websites.