This Eid Al-Adha it is more important than ever to make sure you and your family are staying safe in York.

Local mosques are now reopening and have been made Covid secure. This means that fewer people can attend than normally would and there will be procedures in place to ensure people attend safely.

Some faith leaders continue to use digital tools to bring worshippers together for prayers and sermons and we would encourage you to take advantage of these services where possible, to mark Eid-Al-Adha safely.

We all have a part to play in protecting our city and slowing the spread of coronavirus. Celebrating Eid safely is key to support our city in its recovery, so we can remove current restrictions as quickly as possible.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communities said; “Everyone across York has made sacrifices in the past few months as we worked together to slow the spread of coronavirus. It is because of this collective effort that we continue to keep our distance from those we do not live with and protect the health of our city together.

“Stay alert this Eid when you attend prayers and spend time celebrating with family and friends. We really hope that this time next year we will be able to celebrate as we would normally. In the meantime, please stay safe and Eid Mubarak.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health said: “Thank you for everything you have done over recent months to help us fight the spread of Coronavirus. I know that normally you would be celebrating this special time in different circumstances and in different ways. For now you can celebrate safely by taking a few simple precautions.

“Please keep a safe distance from those people you don’t live with, wear face coverings if you are not able to stay 2 metres apart and wash your hands more frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Stay alert to the risk of infection and help keep yourself and others safe.”

If you have symptoms of coronavirus - a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - get a test immediately and isolate at home. You should not invite anyone to your house, go to other houses or the mosque, and you should not prepare food for others. To book a test visit or call 119.