(BALTIMORE, MD., 7/30/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Muslims in the state to exercise precautions and consider Governor Hogan’s new COVID-19 guidelines while observing the Eid al-Adha holiday this weekend.
READ THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER:
READ THE TRAVEL ADVISORY:
SEE: Governor Hogan Announces Expanded Statewide Mask Order, Out-of-State Travel Advisory
CAIR: American Muslims to Mark End of Hajj Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Hogan’s advisory yesterday reveals that the state’s contact tracing data shows that family gatherings are the most common “high-risk gathering.” The recent uptick in statewide coronavirus-related hospitalizations has triggered a “stop sign” in the roadmap to recovery and halted all further re-opening plans. These newly issued guidelines and recommendations are based on the administration’s data-driven approach.
“Our priority is the safety and well-being of the community as this pandemic continues to impact lives and disrupt plans,” said Director of CAIR’s office in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “Interestingly, the central theme of Eid Al-Adha is sacrificing one’s own desires for God’s pleasure. While many of us will miss communal prayer services and family and community gatherings, it is the socially responsible way to celebrate the blessed holiday in these tumultuous times.”
As over 100K Marylanders prepare to join 1.5 billion Muslims globally to mark the celebration that commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son at God’s command, CAIR is urging Muslim communities to take the data and recommendations seriously and incorporate them into their plans for Eid for their sake and the health and safety of their family and community.
Concerns about the rising rate of COVID-19 infections has placed a pall on religious, family and social gatherings and extended lockdowns in many parts of the country. Many mosques have restricted or canceled prayer services and cancelled other activities.
EXPANDED MASKING ORDER:
Taking effect tomorrow, Friday July 31, 5 p.m. ET, this order mandates, with certain exceptions, that all Marylanders over the age of 5 wear face-coverings statewide at public spaces of all businesses, and in outdoor public areas where it is impossible to maintain physical distancing.
OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL ADVISORY: Effective immediately, the Maryland Department of Health is strongly advising travelers against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10 percent or greater, including GA, FL, TX, LA and AZ. Travelers from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.
CONTACT TRACING DATA:
According to the Governor’s advisory, Maryland is using contact tracing data to determine how the virus is being transmitted. Findings based on interviews with COVID-19 patients include:
- Higher-Risk Gatherings (Percentage of Interviewed Cases):
- Family Gatherings – 44%
- House Parties – 23%
- Outdoor Event – 21%
- Higher-Risk Locations (Percentage of Interviewed Cases):
- Work Outside the Home – 54%
- Indoor/Retail Shopping – 39%
- Indoor Dining at Restaurant – 23%
- Outdoor Dining at Restaurant – 23%
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062