Diwali, the Hindu festival of light and the Sikh celebration of Bandhi Chor Divas take place this weekend, and residents are being asked to take extra care because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Walsall Council's Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “People will naturally want to celebrate Diwali with family and friends as they would do normally, with fireworks, parties, and people coming together in one another’s homes.
“However the lockdown restrictions mean family get-togethers are not allowed because people from different households cannot mix indoors or in private gardens, unless they are in a support bubble together.”
"Places of worship have had to close so I would encourage families to keep in touch with one another virtually, by decorating their homes as they would normally and enjoy the festivities with a feast or sweet treats at home with their families and those in their support bubble.”
“However you choose to mark this occasion 2020, please do make sure you follow the lockdown and Hands, Face, Space guidance when celebrating. Happy Diwali and Bandhi Chor Divas to you all"
Notes to editors
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.walsall.gov.uk/coronavirus where dtails of the national lockdown measures and the answers to frequently asked questions, are also available.
Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. To book a test, visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119. People can get tested within eight days of developing symptoms.