The Mayor of Blackburn With Darwen has released a message advising residents of their responsibilities ahead of the Eid festival.

Councillor Iftakhar Hussain wished everyone a special Eid despite the local restrictions and reminded people that the coronavirus pandemic had not gone away.

The second Eid festival of the year takes place on Friday July 31 on what is also due to be the hottest day of the month.

In the message he said, “The guidance form the council is that we do not allow other extended family members into your home.

“The data is showing that the South Asian community is at a very high risk. It is important that we avoid meeting people and hugging each other as we normally do on Eid. This Eid is all about sacrifices and we have to make a lot of sacrifices. If it is not important please do not visit the cemeteries between 9am and 5pm as their may be other funerals taking place.

He added, “The mosques should follow all the guidelines to keep our community safe. I would appeal to everyone to stay home and celebrate Eid with your loved ones.”