People celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandan are being urged to remain safe to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
Monday 3 August marks this traditional festival celebrated amongst Hindi and Sikh communities known as Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi. It is a day to celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters.
Traditionally, sisters tie a thread, called a Rakhi, on the wrist of their brothers to symbolise protection and good wishes. This year, more families will need to do this virtually or use the post to get gifts to their loved ones.
Staying alert during this festival will help to protect family, friends and communities from COVID-19. Many communities have had to adapt how they celebrate different festivals, and other important occasions. It is important that people continue to follow government guidelines during this time, while still celebrating what is important to them.
- only socialise indoors with members of up to two households, or ideally meet virtually
- continue to follow strict social distancing guidelines when they are with anyone not in their household or support bubble.
- practise frequent hand washing, for 20 seconds
- wherever possible, not pass each other food or drink unless they live together or are in a support bubble together. All plates and utensils should be thoroughly cleaned before use.
Those gifting a Rakhi should:
- ask a household member to tie the rakhi on their behalf
- not pass sweets or food to each other unless living together or are in a support bubble
Families unable to celebrate together at this time can meet virtually and should consider posting a Rakhi.
Bal Kaur, director of public health, Dudley Council said:
Stephen Gunther, Director of Public Health at Walsall added:
John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said:
People must not leave home if they, or someone they live with has any of the following:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for all the latest information