Muslims who will be celebrating Ramadan this year have been reminded to follow the guidelines which are in place at their respected Mosques.

The religious holiday will begin on Monday, April 12, which is the same day that non-essential shops, as well as restaurants, can reopen (only for outdoor eating).

However, some restrictions will still be in place, and this will affect the way Ramadan is celebrated for the second straight year due to the ongoing pandemic.

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Dr Rashmi Sawhney, Clinical Director for Health Inequalities at NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Ramadan is an incredibly important time for Muslim communities, and it is a great shame this celebration has been affected again by Covid-19.

“But we would please urge everyone to make sure they follow the rules to keep themselves, their loved ones, and their communities safe.

“While we are moving in the right direction, it is vital we follow these rules to stop cases from rising sharply again.

“I would also like to remind anyone observing Ramadan that Muslim scholars have said that having a vaccination does not invalidate your fasting.

“So, if you have a vaccination appointment, or are invited to arrange one, please make sure you attend it.

“And please take every effort to stay safe and well throughout Ramadan.

“There is some excellent advice available for anyone with health concerns.

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“Finally, I would like to wish everyone Ramadan Mubarak - I hope that this holy month brings you peace and good health.”

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The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has also confirmed that taking the Covid-19 vaccine during Ramadan will not affect your fasting, as advised by Muslim scholars.

Here are the restriction changes from April 12:

• All shops will reopen including indoor leisure including gyms, libraries, community centres, nail salons, hairdressers, outdoor services at restaurants and cafes.

• Weddings can have up to 15 guests.

• Up to 30 people at a funeral, or an event to remember someone.

• Continue to work from home where possible.

• Overnight stays/holidays allowed with people you live within self-contained accommodation only.

Minimise travel, no holidays abroad.