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Guidance for line managers and supervisors

  1. Avoid making assumptions: Do not make assumptions about who in your team may be observing Eid. Islam is a religion that welcomes people of all races and background.
  2. Workplace adjustments: It may not be noticeable who is celebrating Eid, so make it easy for your team members to let you know if they are celebrating Eid and discuss with them any workplace adjustments which may be required in advance.
  3. Time off: Please note that Muslims only have two Eid celebrations in the year. This is a great moment of celebration with family and friends. Even though social distancing will be observed this year, it is essential that provision is made and sufficient cover arranged where leave is requested. If this is not possible due to impact on patient care, then seek alternative working hours where Muslim staff still have enough time to perform the Eid prayer in the morning and then spend time with their family during the course of the day.
  4. Prayer time and space: While this should be common practice anyway, please ensure staff have suitable prayer breaks and prayer spaces to conduct any prayers they need to make up during the course of the day.
  5. Fasting: Muslim colleagues may choose to take part in a voluntary fast the day before Eid-ul-Adha (Thursday 30th July), also known as the ‘Day of Arafah’. For more information on how to support colleagues who are fasting, see our Ramadan guidance.

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