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OBSERVING & CELEBRATING ‘EID-UL-ADHA 2021

July 16, 2021 | Dhu’l-Hijjah 6, 1442 AH


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Abundant Peace, Blessings and Salutations upon the Prophet Muhammad


As vaccinations become more accessible and cases of COVID-19 continue to rapidly decrease across the country, we look forward to a near future where we can return to normal congregations at the mosque and at home, Insha’Allah. To achieve this reality and protect our communities in the face of spreading variants of concern, it is critically important that we work together to help as many community members get vaccinated as possible, while continuing to abide by the latest local public health guidelines. With this in mind, we have provided recommendations for a safe observance and celebration of ‘Eid-ul-Adha this year.


Vaccination Status and Individual Risk


Individuals are considered fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the second dose.


Individuals at high risk have been identified by provincial guidelines, and may include the following groups or conditions, along with their caregivers: age over 80 years, transplant, cancer, weak immune system, pregnancy, severe kidney disease, obesity (BMI > 40), individuals taking immune-suppressing medications or with disabilities, and residents of long-term care or congregate housing.


Gathering Limits


Regions have varying guidance on capacity limits for social gatherings and religious services. While these will continue to be updated, it is important to follow guidance from your local public health authority and regional government on these limits. Any persons with symptoms of COVID-19 or under quarantine due to possible exposure should get tested as soon as possible and avoid any gatherings. Similarly, any persons isolating due to confirmed COVID-19 should not attend any gatherings and seek medical attention as necessary.


‘Eid Prayer at the Mosque


All congregants should be allowed to attend the ‘Eid prayer regardless of risk level or vaccination status, provided they can wear a well-fitting mask that covers the mouth, nose and chin, and follow physical distancing measures. Handshakes, embraces, hugs and kisses with non-household members should be avoided. At present, we do not recommend mosques to ask for vaccination status, nor to make vaccination a requirement for attendance.


Outdoor Prayers

  • Outdoor prayers are preferred over indoors, to allow for increased ventilation as weather, safety, property rights, fire regulations and regional public health guidance permit.

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times with those who do not live with you, including during entrance/exit of the premises, and during prayer.

  • Masking during outdoor prayers is optional as long as physical distancing can be maintained at all times, including upon entry and exit. Individuals that are at high risk, not fully vaccinated (i.e. it has not been 14 days since the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine), or otherwise not comfortable should consider wearing a mask for additional protection.


Indoor Prayers

  • At all times, including during entrance/exit of the premises and during prayer, all staff, volunteers and attendees must wear a well-fitting mask (with or without a face shield) and physically distance 2 metres from non-household members.


‘Eid Celebrations

  • Outdoor celebrations and gatherings are strongly preferred over indoors, within regional allowable limits.

  • Individuals should ensure all celebrations and gatherings are in compliance with both provincial and municipal or regional public health bylaws and requirements.

  • Most regions have a maximal allowable limit for indoor and outdoor gathering sizes, as long as masking and physical distancing around non-household members can be maintained.

  • Food - Should be served and consumed outdoors as weather permits, as masks come off while eating and socializing is likely to continue. Standard food safety measures and practices should continue to be followed.


Outdoors

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times with those that do not live with you. Handshakes, embraces, hugs and kisses with non-household members should be avoided.

  • Masking is recommended in situations where 2 metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Individuals that are at high risk, not fully vaccinated, or otherwise not comfortable should strongly consider wearing a mask for additional protection.


Indoors (Home and Large Public Gatherings)

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times with those that do not live with you. Handshakes, embraces, hugs and kisses with non-household members should be avoided.

  • Masking - Individuals that are not fully vaccinated, that are at high risk or that are otherwise uncomfortable should continue to wear a mask at all times. Masks may be otherwise optional as long as distancing can be maintained for individuals that are low risk and fully vaccinated. Note: Some municipalities and regions may still have mandatory masking policies for all indoor gatherings regardless of vaccination status or risk level, and these must be followed.

  • Ventilation - Ventilation should be maximized by changing air filters regularly, installing portable HEPA air filtration systems and/or keeping doors and windows open as weather and safety permits.


May Allah (SWT) accept our supplications and may the joys and blessings of ‘Eid permeate our hearts, our homes and our communities. ʾĀmīn.


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