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Ramadan – information for employees and managers

13 April 2021

Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims all over the world. Observing Ramadan is one of the 5 'pillars' of Islam. During Ramadan, all Muslims over the age of about 12, with some exceptions, are expected to fast between dawn and sunset.

This year the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is due to start on Monday 12 or Tuesday 13 April 2021, depending on the sighting of the new moon, and end on Wednesday 12 or Thursday 13 May 2021.

During this time, Muslims observing Ramadan fast during daylight hours which means they do not eat or drink, although a number of vulnerable groups are exempt on health reasons and other circumstances, such as breastfeeding mums, or older people with health conditions.

Muslims who are abstaining from food and drinks will have had one meal before dawn and may not eat or drink again until after sunset, which may affect their energy, concentration levels and cause them to become dehydrated and more tired than usual.

In addition to fasting, Muslims may also increase their spiritual observations, for example by praying more often during the day.

If you are observing Ramadan and this may impact on your work or your role please talk to your manager to agree how you might adjust when you do your duties.

As a manager or supervisor, you could speak to your team members and check if they need any adjustments or support during Ramadan. You may also wish to think about the needs of your customers at this time, and if necessary adjust any aspects of your services to support those who are observing Ramadan.

The Muslim Council for Britain has also issued some additional guidance in relation to COVID-19 and Ramadan.