3rd November 2021
Sandwell residents celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas are being urged to stay safe during the Festival of Lights.
Diwali – which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists – is on Thursday 4 November. Bandi Chhor Divas is also celebrated by Sikhs on the same day.
Sandwell Council has issued Covid-19 advice for people celebrating to help keep communities safe.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for adults, social care and health Councillor Suzanne Hartwell added: “It’s so important that people celebrate Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas safely and ensure that they’re not putting themselves and others at risk by spreading Covid-19.
“Covid-19 can be a fatal illness and can also cause nasty symptoms as well as long-term complications for some people – so ensure you stay safe and follow this guidance.”
- Don’t attend events or visit family members if you have Covid-19 symptoms, if you have tested positive or if you have been told to self-isolate.
- Do use a rapid test (LFT) before attending any events. If it is positive, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.
- Do take care not to light candles if you have used an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Wash your hands with soap and water before handling matches, candles or lighters.
- If you’re having a gathering, ensure you are in a well-ventilated space. Keep the windows open.
- If you are in a crowded indoor area it’s recommended you wear a mask or face covering.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Maintain a distance from others if you can.
- Overall, remember hands, face, space and fresh air.
Anyone can collect rapid home tests from pharmacies and by ordering online.
You can get up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from local pharmacies. To find a pharmacy near you go to https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk
If you give the pharmacy a ‘collect code’ when you pick up the tests, it helps the NHS match your details to the tests. Get a collect code on GOV.UK
Faith organisations in Sandwell can also collect LFT test kits from West Bromwich Town Hall Monday to Friday between 10 am – 4pm. Representatives from churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship can just walk-in between those times to collect their supply of test kits