GPs in Tower Hamlets are wishing Eid Mubarak to the Muslim community, and urging those celebrating to remember to follow social distancing rules when hosting, or attending in-person social gatherings during the festivities.
Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated by many people across the Tower Hamlets community on Friday 31 July until the evening of Monday 3 August. Eid Al-Adha celebrates the end of Hajj and is an important event in the Islamic calendar. It's also a time to celebrate our borough's shared values and diversity across our communities.
This Eid will be a different experience due to the need to follow Government guidelines on social distancing and meeting people from different households. If you're observing Eid Al-Adha, please remember that you need to do so safely in line with the government's Covid-19 guidance.
If you, your family member or someone in your household is 'shielding' and have received a letter from the NHS, it is especially important that you take extra precautions to avoid face-to-face contact. For the latest government advice on shielding, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
Social distancing remains vital to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect those who are most vulnerable to the virus.
The NHS is still here for you
As a reminder, the local NHS is still here for you and it is important you do not wait if you need medical help.
If you need a GP appointment, there are several ways to do this - visit your GP practice website, use an NHS app to book online or call your practice. Most appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional will now be via a phone call, and if you are told you need to see a clinician in person, the NHS has put measures in place to make sure patients are seen safely.
If you have an urgent medical need, visit NHS 111 online – if you cannot access the internet, call 111. If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, such as if you or a family member have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go.
Keep your distance
Meet friends and family safely
Maintain good hygiene
If you (or someone in your household or support bubble) have symptoms of Covid-19
The great effort that our communities made to adapt traditions and celebrations during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr needs to continue – this will help ensure people can celebrate safely while preventing the spread of the virus.
Eid Mubarak to all those who will be celebrating this Friday and over the weekend. We hope that even though this will be a different Eid Al-Adha, that it brings peace, prosperity, and happiness to you and your family.