Councils plea to celebrate Diwali safely

Diwali takes place this weekend, and people who will be marking the Hindu festival of light are being urged to take extra care because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Like so many other events - religious or otherwise - this year, Diwali will be severely impacted by Covid-19. President of the Shree Krishna Mandir Hindu temple in West Bromwich, Hemaben M Patel, said:

“This year, the festival of Diwali will be  celebrated very differently to how we would celebrate it normally. Instead of being together with your family and friends, we advise you all to observe the Government’s guidance and stay within your house without mixing with others.
“We must all do our bit in keeping the virus under control, for everyone’s safety. I wish everyone a very happy and safe Diwali at home.”
People celebrating Diwali are reminded that under the current lockdown restrictions, big family get-together's are not allowed because people from different households cannot mix indoors or in private gardens, unless they are in a support bubble together.
You can keep in touch with family and friends and celebrate Diwali using video apps and of course you can still decorate your home - and families who live together, or who are in a support bubble can enjoy a feast or sweet treats together.

The latest data shows there were 435 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 in Sandwell over the seven days to 8th November. This means that around 1,430 people in Sandwell tested positive for the virus in the same seven day period.
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