Latest COVID19 Advice for British Muslims

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1. Keeping Safe
2. Mosques & Madrasas
3. Vaccines
4. Mental Health
5. Hajj & Umrah
6. Ramadan 2021 (Archive)

1. Keeping Safe – Advice for Individuals

17 May – England has moved in to Step 3 of the four-step road map announced in February. A full list of updates rules is available here at gov.uk or see graphic below

Not in England? Check out the latest guidance for:

22 February – the Prime Minister has announced a roadmap to lifting England’s lockdown. The rules and restrictions will be lifted in stages. See these graphics below for a summary of the roadmap. For more information, visit Government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.

2. Advice for Mosques and Madrasas

17 May – England has moved in to Step 3 of the four-step road map. Click here to view the latest MHCLG guidance for Places of Worship in England. The main updates for mosques and madrasas in Step 3 are:

  • Life cycle events such as weddings, wedding receptions and wakes can take place indoors for up to 30 people
  • The maximum limit for funerals is the maximum capacity of the venue with social distancing measures in place
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits will increase to 30 people (not including under 5s)

Madrasas have been able to provide indoor lessons since 12 April in-line with Department for Education guidelines, click here for further information.

Mosque social distancing and other COVID19-secure measures we have become accustomed in recent months remain in place. Check out the MCB’s 9-step guide for re-opening mosques (PDF) or scroll below for further details.

Also see graphic below for broader changes from 17 May onwards:

Not in England? Check out the latest Places of Worship guidance for:

22 February – the Prime Minister has announced a roadmap to lifting England’s lockdown. The rules and restrictions will be lifted in stages.  See these graphics below for a summary of the roadmap:

3. Vaccinations

4. Mental Health During the Pandemic

Several Muslim mental health organisations in the UK have united to provide a range of services to tackle mental health problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

Each organisation specialises in a different aspect of mental health, and can be contacted as your needs require. More details can be found at the MCB Mental Health Resource page or in the flyer below.

5. Advice for Umrah/Hajj Travellers

The current COVID-19 crisis means that there is uncertainty in many aspects of life and the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages are no different.

Hajj 2021will be approximately 17-22 July. 

UPDATE 13 June 2021 – The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj & Umrah has announced that Hajj in 2021 will be limited to citizens and residents from within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only, in similarity to 2020. No British pilgrims will be allowed to enter and British pilgrims should NOT make any bookings or pay any deposits for Hajj 2021 packages

Click here to read latest CBHUK (Council of British Hajjis UK) guidance for British Muslims.

Click here for FCDO guidance on pilgrimage travel to Saudi Arabia.

For more information and general advice on Hajj , visit the news page from the Council of British Hajjis UK

Umrah 2021

UPDATE 21 March 2021 – the Council of British Hajjis UK has issued a guidance that prospective British pilgrims should NOT to book a Hajj or Umrah package until we hear an official confirmation from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Haj & Umrah. Their guidance also includes a few frequently asked questions. Click here to read latest CBHUK guidance for British Muslims.

For UK Government’s travel advice to Saudi Arabia, click here.

6. Ramadan 2021 (Archive)

Top tips for celebrating a #SafeEid for Eid Al-Fitr 2021 in England can be found below. Click here to view the full press release. Please check separate guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This page has been continuously updated since 26 February 2020 to provided up-to-date guidance for British Muslim communities.

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