By FATIMA PATEL

Families in Greater Manchester, Blackburn & Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, and Leicester have been banned from meeting inside their homes or in gardens following a surge in virus cases.

On Thursday evening Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced: “We’ve decided that we need to take action across Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.

“So, from midnight tonight (Friday) we are banning households meeting up indoors.”

This means, members of two different households aren’t allowed to meet in restaurants, pubs and other hospitality related venues. These same places however, will stay open for those visiting individually or from the same household.

This has been particularly disappointing news for the Muslim community who celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha (also known as Big Eid), with preparations for celebrations well under way, at the time of Mr Hancock’s announcement.

Bradford Council for Mosques issued a statement which said: “In light of this evening’s government announcement from the government, we would like to remind our community to strictly follow social distancing guidelines while offering both Eid and Jummah prayers. It is crucial we adhere to these guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The rules regarding public gathering in mosques remain unchanged and public prayers continue to be permitted”

Meanwhile Craig Whittaker, MP for the Calder Valley, one of the areas that has been affected told LBC’s Ian Payne that it is Muslim and BAME communities who have not been obeying lockdown rules.

However, Asian Sunday has been following today’s Eid and Jummah (Friday) prayers and these pictures paint a different story to Mr Whittaker’s divisive comment.

See for yourself how Bradford’s Muslim community celebrated Eid in mosques and public spaces across the district.

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