Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore said:

“This week marks a special occasion for many in Sheffield, with Ramadan starting on the evening of Thursday 23 April.

“Ramadan is a time where people from the Muslim community come together to fast and to reflect, but unfortunately due to Covid-19, it will be different this year.

“I know this is going to be extremely hard for many, not being able to see their loved ones and friends, and having to celebrate Ramadan in a different way, but it is important to continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing and staying at home. In doing so, it will help to save lives and to protect our family and friends from the spread of this virus.

“People across the city continue to amaze me with their community spirit, the respect and compassion people have for one another is very special to see in such difficult circumstances, and I know that this will continue throughout the period of Ramadan.

“I want to send my wishes to all those about to embark on the annual traditions they are still able to during this year’s Ramadan celebration.”