Council to close main road through Rusholme to ‘ensure public safety’ during Eid

Crowds usually gather at the cafés and restaurants on Wilmslow Road, but this year people are being urged to avoid doing so

Council bosses will close a main road through Rusholme this weekend to ‘ensure public safety’ during Eid celebrations.

Wilmslow Road will be shut off between Platt Lane and Moss Lane East from 12pm on Friday (July 31) to 7am on Monday (August 3).

The area covers the Curry Mile in Rusholme, where crowds would usually gather at cafés and restaurants to celebrate Eid.

The traffic regulation order arranged by Manchester City Council will prohibit traffic from travelling down Wilmslow Road in an attempt to ‘ensure public safety’ during Eid al-Adha celebrations.

Traditionally, it is not uncommon for cars to be driven along the strip during the festivities.

Councillors say they expect the restriction to be in place from midday on Friday to Monday morning.

More police officers are also expected to be patrolling the area around the Rusholme district to keep people safe.

Muslims would usually be gearing up for big celebrations in time for Eid al-Adha this Friday (July 31).

But this year, instead of visiting other homes, sharing food and catching up with loved ones, they are being urged not to gather in large groups due to the current coronavirus restrictions.

Eid al-Adha usually sees an increase in worshippers attending mosques, Coun Rabnawaz Akbar, spokesperson for The Greater Manchester Mosque Council explained.

To accommodate this, they will hold an increased number of Friday prayers, staggered throughout the day to avoid large numbers congregating at once.

People are being urged not to gather outside mosques following the prayers, and to avoid shaking hands or hugging.

Mosque leaders in Greater Manchester are following  The Muslim Council of Britain guidance for Eid.

“Keep yourself safe, don’t make that journey. You get young men who hire cars and come into Manchester. We want to discourage that

“I think sometimes the message doesn’t get to everybody. Some people choose to ignore them. The virus has not gone away. It is not easy, it is difficult. The mosques have been amazing”, he said.

Following the introduction of tighter COVID-19 restrictions in Oldham, residents have been told they cannot have ‘social visitors’ to their home.

Eid al-Adha, meaning Feast of Sacrifice, is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadhan.

Ramadhan and Eid-al Fitr were observed at home this year as they fell during the height of lockdown, when mosques were closed.

Mosques across Greater Manchester were allowed to reopen to worshippers with strict social distancing measures on July 4.

Source: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/council-close-main-road-through-18691151

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