Councillors and local Imam share important Covid messaging with Muslim communities

A group of councillors from Buckinghamshire Council and a local Imam have been helping to spread key messages and information on the latest coronavirus guidance with Muslim communities within the county.

Last week 11 councillors helped create a short video which outlined the key messages around the county’s move into Tier 2 restrictions following the national lockdown which finished on 2 December.

Speaking in Urdu, the councillors explained the details of what the Tier 2 restrictions mean for each of us and stressed how important it is for everyone to follow the guidance in order to protect each other.

The video featured as a news item on the Urdu-speaking Channel 44 News last week.

In addition, Cllr Arif Hussain, Chairman of the High Wycombe Community Board, worked with Imam Adil from the Wycombe Islamic Society (WISE) as he spoke on the Dunya UK News channel. Imam Adil spoke at length, outlining the new guidelines and key information about how to stay safe.

Cllr Hussain said: “We know how important these messages are for everyone and we wanted to make sure that all our communities in Buckinghamshire know and understand what they need to do in order to stay safe and protect each other.

“I would like to thank my fellow councillors and Imam Adil for taking part and everyone who helped us to do this. I would also urge all our Muslim communities to watch and share this important information with each other.”

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health said: “It’s vital that everyone understands what needs to be done to keep us all safe. Working closely with key groups and organisations in the local community we have been able to ensure we are reaching all our communities here in Buckinghamshire. This is another excellent example of how community boards are making a real impact in local areas, generating invaluable connections and relationships.”