THE Mayor of Warrington has wished Muslims a happy Eid ahead of this weekend’s celebrations.

With the town’s Muslim community set to join millions across the globe in Eid celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan, Cllr Wendy Johnson is asking people to mark the occasion virtually because of the current social distancing measures.

Traditionally, the festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan is marked with communal prayers in mosques and visits to friends and family.

However, this year’s celebrations will not be going ahead as normal due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Johnson said: “Eid al-Fitr is such a significant religious holiday and I wish a happy Eid to all those who will be celebrating this weekend, albeit in a different way.

“Coronavirus has impacted so many aspects of normal life in ways that three or four months ago we wouldn’t have even considered.

“I hope that despite the challenges Covid-19 has posed to all of our communities celebrating Eid, that you still have a wonderful time with your friends and family – even if that means having to celebrate with them online and in different ways.”