COVID-19 advice for Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr
Ramadan is an important time of prayer and reflection in the Islamic faith, when friends, family and members of mosques traditionally come together in person.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all UK citizens have been instructed to follow rules to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect family, friends, the wider community, and the most vulnerable. This instruction is supported by a wide variety of Muslim community organisations including the British Board of Scholars and Imams. These rules are changing during the next few months in line with the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.
Ramadan takes place during the second step of the roadmap out of lockdown in which indoor mixing between different households will not be allowed. You will however be allowed to meet with five others (or one other household) outdoors, keeping in mind:
- hands (wash or sanitise your hands regularly),
- face (wear a face mask when you are with others),
- space (keep a two metre distance from others outside your household/support bubble)
- and fresh air (stay outdoors.)
When indoors (such as in a place of worship) make sure there is plenty of good ventilation to ensure a good supply of fresh air.
Local GPs are urging observing Muslims not to delay having their COVID-19 vaccine – first or second dose – during the holy month of Ramadan in these new videos. The safest and most effective way to protect yourself, your family and those most at risk from the virus is by having a vaccine when you are offered it by the NHS.
You can find out more about the vaccine and the City of London on our COVID-19 vaccine information page.
For the latest information on testing, visit our testing information page.
Please read this infographic from the Muslim Doctors Association about the safety of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations during Ramadan.
The Muslim Council of Britain have produced some helpful guides for staying safe during Ramadan, including Taraweeh, Iftar and Itikaaf. The guides also provide advice for staying safe during Eid.
Procedures for running a place of worship safely during the pandemic are available on the Standard Operating Procedures web page.
The Muslim Council of Britain have answered some FAQs around keeping a place of worship safe.
If you are worried about your income or costs during Ramadan
City Advice can help if you are struggling to pay your bills or pay for essentials. They can give advice and help to apply for government benefits to help with rent, council tax and other costs.
If you or someone you know is having money worries or if you are struggling to buy essential things like food, contact City Advice.
- You can call City Advice, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on 020 7392 2919
- or you can email City Advice Team
Speak with an advisor today to find out what help and support is available for you.
The City Advice service is a free, impartial and confidential service available to anyone who lives, works or studies in the City of London Square Mile (or lives in a City of London Corporation Estate).
City Advice can also refer you to the First Love Foundation (FLF) if you need help getting food.
FLF has been transforming the lives of people in neighbouring Tower Hamlets since 2010. They provide emergency food and high-quality advice and support to help people get back on their feet, and now they are helping those who live in the City of London.
If you currently reside in a City of London Corporation estate outside of the Square Mile, please use a local food bank provision in your home borough
- Call City Advice, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on 020 7392 2919
- Email the City Advice Team
More support is available on our COVID-19 Help with Food and Money web page.