News Release: Observing Ramadan Safely
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 12 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County
Yesterday marked the beginning of Ramadan, a month of celebration for many residents in Windsor and Essex County. Ramadan is an important time for those who celebrate and is an opportunity to connect as a community and connect with faith. This is typically a time of gathering; however, minimizing the risk of COVID-19 must be prioritized as the pandemic continues. Residents are encouraged to observe Ramadan while keeping health and safety in mind. Despite the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in Windsor and Essex County, public health guidelines still apply to individuals who have already received one or two doses of the vaccine.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) encourages residents to celebrate and pray at home with their household members only and connect virtually with others. Indoor and outdoor gatherings with individuals who live outside of your household are prohibited under the province’s current Stay at Home Order. The safest way for anyone to celebrate is by staying home and limiting contacts to household members only. It is especially important to stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. In Ontario, Mosques are permitted to open for religious services, rights, or ceremonies while limiting their capacity at 15% occupancy of any particular room in the building.
In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important that residents who are planning to attend a local mosque in person abide by the following public health guidelines:
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others
- Wear masks or face coverings at all times while indoors and if you are unable to maintain a physical distance from others
- Do not gather outside prior to or after prayer
- Visit only one local mosque and follow the rules in place