Muslims urged not to travel to Rusholme during Eid Ul Fitr

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Muslims have been urged not to travel to Rusholme and the Curry Mile for Eid Ul Fitr celebrations this weekend.

The south Manchester suburb is normally a busy spot during festival celebrations.

But as Ramadan comes to an end, police have warned people that they must stick with social distancing rules as the UK works to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Eid Ul Fitr takes place this weekend (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Officers are appealing to people not to travel to the area “unless your journey is absolutely essential”.

In a statement Greater Manchester Police thanked Muslims who have “made sacrifices during this challenging time”.

“As the Muslim festival of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend with the Eid Ul Fitr, we would like to thank those in our Muslim communities who have observed Ramadan safely, whilst adhering to the Coronavirus regulations and restrictions,” they said.

“We understand that this year’s festivities have been very different because of the pandemic and this weekend people will have to mark this special occasion in an unusual way.

“In particular, we are asking people not to travel into Rusholme in Manchester and the surrounding areas this weekend unless your journey is absolutely essential.

“In previous years we know that celebrations have taken place in Rusholme and attracted people from far and wide, but this year due to the current Coronavirus circumstances we would appeal to members of the community not to travel to the area as per the government restrictions.”

Officers will be working throughout the weeknd to ensure that people stay safe and that “unnecessary journeys into the area” are not taking place, GMP said.

“We are also working closely with Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Council of Mosques and we will continue to encourage those celebrating Eid this weekend to do so safely and within their own homes.

“We wish you and your families a happy and blessed Eid Mubarak,” they added.

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