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Stay safe this Diwali

12th November 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

12 November 2020

Stay safe this Diwali – is the message from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) as thousands of local people prepare to celebrate Diwali this Saturday (14 November).

Diwali is typically a time for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains to come together and celebrate. However, due to the pandemic and a national lockdown, the CCGs together with other agencies in LLR are urging communities to celebrate safely to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Dr Vivek Varakantam, Chair at East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, said: “It’s been a very challenging year for everyone but as we move towards the time of year which is usually full of celebrations we understand how difficult it can be for families to not be able to come together and celebrate auspicious events such as Diwali and the Hindu New Year.

 

“Diwali is usually a time where families and friends come together to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. It symbolises a fresh start and new beginnings which this year will be difficult to envisage for many but I am urging local communities to continue to act in the best interests of everyone.

“Although people will not be able to come together physically, I hope that our residents will be able to celebrate within their own households using video calls and social media to connect with loved ones, as many were so successfully doing during this year’s Navaratri celebrations.

“When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection – this is why it is so important that we protect others around us. If people are celebrating this weekend and using fireworks please remember to follow all safety precautions and limit physical celebrations within households.”

“Finally, I’d like to thank everyone celebrating this weekend, for playing their part and wish them a happy and safe Diwali.”

 

The current national guidance is to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home where possible
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Avoid public transport and if possible walk, cycle or drive to work
  • Stay two metres apart from others when outside
  • Outdoor exercise is permitted but you must maintain a two-metre distance from others
  • Wear face coverings in all enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets and on public transport
  • Remember to wash hands more often, with soap and water (or hand gel) and for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • You must NOT meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have any Coronavirus symptoms do not leave your home unless it is to get a Coronavirus test which you can book online by visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. You must stay at home and self-isolate, if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 10 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. If you require further help access NHS 111 online, only call if you can’t get online help. Please also call 999 for life threatening emergencies, the NHS is still available for non-covid related serious health problems.

 

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For more information please contact:

Jay Mistry

Email: PressofficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0778 547 5410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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